UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549

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Schedule 14A

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Proxy Statement Pursuant to Section 14(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
(Amendment No.    )

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authID Inc.
(Name of Registrant as Specified In Its Charter)

______________________________________________________________
(Name of Person(s) Filing Proxy Statement, if other than the Registrant)

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Fee computed on table in exhibit required by Item 25(b) per Exchange Act Rules 14a- 6(i)(1) and 0-11

 

authID Inc.

2024

NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING

AND

PROXY STATEMENT

June 26, 2024

at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time

Virtual Meeting to be Held by Webcast

 

authID Inc.

NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING OF STOCKHOLDERS
TO BE HELD ON JUNE 26, 2024

The 2024 Annual Meeting of Stockholders (the “Annual Meeting”) of authID Inc. (“authID” or the “Company”) will be held virtually by webcast, on June 26, 2024, at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time, to consider the below proposals. As in recent years, in order to provide safe and expanded access, improved communication, reduced environmental impact and cost savings, the Annual Meeting will be held in a virtual meeting format. You will need to register in advance to attend the meeting at authID 2024 Annual Shareholder Meeting Registration.

1.      To elect the seven director nominees named in the Proxy Statement to hold office until the next annual meeting of stockholders and until their successors are duly elected and qualified;

2.      To ratify the appointment of Cherry Bekaert LLP as the Company’s independent auditors for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2024;

3.      To approve an amendment to our Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation to decrease the number of authorized shares of common stock (the “Authorized Share Decrease”) from 250,000,000 to 150,000,000 (the “Authorized Share Decrease Proposal”);

4.      To approve and ratify the adoption of the 2024 Equity Incentive Plan (the “2024 Plan”) and the authorization of 395,000 shares of common stock for issuance under the 2024 Plan;

5.      To approve, on an advisory basis, the compensation of the Company’s named executive officers;

6.      To recommend, on an advisory basis, a one, two or three-year frequency with which the Company should conduct future stockholder advisory votes on named executive officer compensation; and

7.      To act on such other matters as may properly come before the meeting or any adjournment thereof.

BECAUSE OF THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THESE PROPOSALS TO THE COMPANY AND ITS STOCKHOLDERS, IT IS VITAL THAT EVERY STOCKHOLDER VOTE AT THE ANNUAL MEETING IN PERSON OR BY PROXY.

These proposals are fully set forth in the accompanying Proxy Statement which you are urged to read thoroughly. For the reasons set forth in the Proxy Statement, your Board of Directors recommends a vote “FOR” the directors set forth in Proposal 1 and “FOR” Proposals 2, 3, 4 and 5 and recommend a three-year frequency for Proposal 6. A list of all stockholders entitled to vote at the Annual Meeting will be available at the principal office of the Company during usual business hours for examination by any stockholder for any purpose germane to the Annual Meeting for 10 days prior to the date thereof. Stockholders are cordially invited to attend the Annual Meeting.

As we did for the 2023 Annual Meeting, in order to provide safe and expanded access, improved communication, reduced environmental impact and cost savings we are pleased that for this year’s Annual Meeting we will again be hosting a completely virtual meeting of stockholders, which will be conducted solely online via live webcast. You will be able to attend and participate in the Annual Meeting online and submit your questions during the meeting. You will need to register by visiting: authID 2024 Annual Shareholder Meeting Registration prior to the meeting date and time described in the accompanying proxy statement. There is no physical location for the Annual Meeting.

We are pleased to embrace the latest technology to provide safe and expanded access, improved communication, reduced environmental impact and cost savings for our stockholders and the Company. If you plan to attend the meeting virtually on the Internet, please follow the registration instructions as outlined in this proxy statement.

However, whether or not you plan to attend the meeting virtually, your shares should be represented and voted. After reading the enclosed Proxy Statement, please sign, date, and return promptly the enclosed Proxy in the accompanying postpaid envelope we have provided for your convenience to ensure that your shares will be represented. Alternatively, please provide your response by telephone or electronically through the Internet by following the instructions set out on the enclosed Proxy card. If you do attend the meeting virtually and wish to vote your shares personally, you may revoke your Proxy.

 

Important Notice Regarding the Availability of Proxy Materials for the Annual Meeting of Stockholders to be held June 26, 2024. In addition to the copies you have received, the Proxy Statement and our 2023 Annual Report on Form 10-K to Stockholders are available at: www.investorvote/AUID.

 

By Order of the Board of Directors

   

/s/ Rhoniel A. Daguro

   

Rhoniel A. Daguro

   

Chief Executive Officer

WHETHER OR NOT YOU PLAN ON ATTENDING THE MEETING VIRTUALLY, PLEASE VOTE AS PROMPTLY AS POSSIBLE TO ENSURE THAT YOUR VOTE IS COUNTED.

authID Inc.
1580 North Logan Street, Suite 660
Unit 51767
Denver, CO 80203
516-274-8700

 

PROXY STATEMENT

This Proxy Statement is furnished in connection with the solicitation of proxies by the Board of Directors of authID Inc. (“authID” or the “Company”) to be voted at the Annual Meeting of Stockholders (the “Annual Meeting”) which will be held virtually via webcast on June 26, 2024, at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time, and at any postponements or adjournments thereof. The proxy materials will be furnished to stockholders on or about May 16, 2024.

REVOCABILITY OF PROXY AND SOLICITATION

Any stockholder executing a proxy that is solicited hereby has the power to revoke it prior to the voting of the proxy. Revocation may be made by attending the Annual Meeting and voting the shares of stock virtually in person, or by delivering to the Corporate Secretary of the Company at the principal office of the Company prior to the Annual Meeting a written notice of revocation or a later-dated, properly executed proxy. Solicitation of proxies may be made by directors, officers and other employees of the Company by personal interview, telephone, facsimile transmittal or electronic communications. No additional compensation will be paid for any such services. This solicitation of proxies is being made by the Company, which will bear all costs associated with the mailing of this Proxy Statement and the solicitation of proxies.

RECORD DATE

Stockholders of record at the close of business on May 3, 2024, will be entitled to receive notice of, attend virtually and vote at the Annual Meeting.

INFORMATION ABOUT THE ANNUAL MEETING AND VOTING

Why am I receiving these materials?

authID Inc. has furnished these materials to you in connection with the Company’s solicitation of proxies for use at the Annual Meeting of Stockholders to be held on June 26, 2024, at 10:00 a.m. Eastern virtually via webcast. These materials describe the proposals on which the Company would like you to vote and also give you information on these proposals so that you can make an informed decision. We are furnishing our proxy materials on or about May 16, 2024 to all stockholders of record entitled to vote at the Annual Meeting.

How can I attend the Annual Meeting?

The Annual Meeting will be a completely virtual meeting of stockholders, which will be conducted exclusively by webcast. You are entitled to participate in the Annual Meeting only if you were a stockholder of the Company as of the close of business on the Record Date, or if you hold a valid proxy for the Annual Meeting. No physical meeting will be held.

You will be able to attend the Annual Meeting online and submit your questions during the meeting by registering at authID 2024 Annual Shareholder Meeting Registration in advance of the meeting. You also will be able to vote your shares online by going to www.investorvote/AUID.

To participate in the Annual Meeting, you will need to review the information included on your Notice, on your proxy card or on the instructions that accompanied your proxy materials.

If you hold your shares through an intermediary, such as a bank or broker, you must register in advance using the instructions below.

The online meeting will begin promptly at 10.00 a.m., Eastern Time. We encourage you to access the meeting prior to the start time leaving ample time for the check in. Please follow the registration instructions as outlined in this proxy statement.

How do I register to attend the Annual Meeting virtually on the Internet?

Prior to the commencement of the meeting please go to authID 2024 Annual Shareholder Meeting Registration. There you will be asked to register with your name, e-mail address and company details — or if none insert “Individual”.

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We encourage stockholders to vote prior to the meeting but if you wish to vote on the day of the meeting you will be able to vote your shares online by going to www.investorvote/AUID and please follow the instructions in “How to Vote” below and on your Proxy Card.

Why are you holding a virtual meeting instead of a physical meeting?

In order to provide safe and expanded access for all stockholders, improved communication, reduced environmental impact and cost savings we are very pleased that for this year’s Annual Meeting will again be hosting a completely virtual meeting of stockholders, which will be conducted solely online via live webcast. You will be able to attend and participate in the Annual Meeting online and submit your questions during the meeting by registering in advance at: authID 2024 Annual Shareholder Meeting Registration prior to the meeting date and time described in the accompanying proxy statement. You will be able to vote your shares electronically by going to www.investorvote.com/AUID. There is no physical location for the Annual Meeting. If you plan to attend the meeting virtually on the Internet, please follow the registration instructions as outlined in this proxy statement.

Notice of Internet Availability (Notice and Access)

Instead of mailing a printed copy of our proxy materials to each shareholder, we are furnishing proxy materials via the Internet. This reduces both the costs and the environmental impact of sending our proxy materials to our shareholders. If you received a “Notice of Internet Availability,” you will not receive a printed copy of the proxy materials unless you specifically request a printed copy. The Notice of Internet Availability will instruct you how to access and review all of the important information contained in the proxy materials. The Notice of Internet Availability also instructs you how to submit your proxy on the Internet and how to vote by telephone.

If you would like to receive a printed or emailed copy of our proxy materials, you should follow the instructions for requesting such materials included on the documents you received. In addition, if you received paper copies of our proxy materials and wish to receive all future proxy materials, proxy cards and annual reports electronically, please follow the electronic delivery instructions on the documents you received. We encourage shareholders to take advantage of the availability of the proxy materials on the Internet to help reduce the cost and environmental impact of our annual shareholder meetings.

The Notice of Internet Availability is first being sent to shareholders on or about May 16, 2024. Also on or about May 16, 2024, we will first make available to our shareholders this Proxy Statement and the form of proxy relating to the 2024 Annual Meeting filed with the SEC on May 16, 2024.

What is included in these materials?

These materials include:

        this Proxy Statement for the Annual Meeting; and

        the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2023.

What is the proxy card?

The proxy card enables you to appoint Edward Sellitto, our Chief Financial Officer, and Graham Arad, our General Counsel, as your representatives at the Annual Meeting. By completing and returning a proxy card, or by voting electronically or by telephone you are authorizing these individuals to vote your shares at the Annual Meeting in accordance with your instructions on the proxy card (or submitted electronically or by telephone). This way, your shares will be voted whether or not you attend the Annual Meeting.

What is the purpose of the Annual Meeting?

At our Annual Meeting, stockholders will act upon the matters outlined in the Notice of Annual Meeting on the cover page of this Proxy Statement, including:

(i)     the election of seven persons named herein as nominees for directors of the Company, to hold office subject to the provisions of the bylaws of the Company, until the next annual meeting of stockholders and until their successors are duly elected and qualified;

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(ii)    ratification of the appointment of Cherry Bekaert LLP as the Company’s independent auditors for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2024;

(iii)   approval of the Authorized Share Decrease Proposal;

(iv)   approval and ratification of the adoption of the 2024 Plan and the authorization of 395,000 shares of common stock for issuance under the 2024 Plan;

(v)    approval, on an advisory basis, the compensation of the Company’s named executive officers; and

(vi)   recommend, on an advisory basis, a one, two or three-year frequency with which the Company should conduct future stockholder advisory votes on named executive officer compensation.

In addition, management will respond to questions from stockholders.

What constitutes a quorum?

The presence at the meeting, in person or by proxy, of the holders of one-third of the number of shares of common stock issued and outstanding on the record date will constitute a quorum permitting the meeting to conduct its business. As of the record date, there were 9,450,220 shares of authID common stock issued and outstanding. Thus, the presence of the holders of common stock representing at least 3,150,074 votes will be required to establish a quorum.

What is the difference between a stockholder of record and a beneficial owner of shares held in street name?

Our stockholders may hold their shares in an account at a brokerage firm, bank or other nominee holder, rather than holding share certificates in their own name. As summarized below, there are some distinctions between shares held of record and those owned beneficially in street name.

How can I get electronic access to the proxy materials?

In addition to the copies of this proxy that you may receive, the Notice of Internet Availability provides you with instructions regarding how to:

        view the Company’s proxy materials for the Annual Meeting on the Internet at https://www.investorvote/AUID;

        request hard copies of the materials; and

        instruct the Company to send future proxy materials to you electronically by email.

Choosing to receive future proxy materials by email will save the Company the cost of printing and mailing documents to you and will reduce the impact of the Company’s annual meetings on the environment. If you choose to receive future proxy materials by email, you will receive an email message next year with instructions containing a link to those materials and a link to the proxy voting website. Your election to receive proxy materials by email will remain in effect until you terminate it.

Stockholder of Record

If on May 3, 2024, your shares were registered directly in your name with our transfer agent, Computershare Trust Company N.A., you are considered a stockholder of record with respect to those shares, and the Notice of Internet Availability, or Notice of Annual Meeting and Proxy Statement was sent directly to you by the Company. As the stockholder of record, you have the right to direct the voting of your shares via the Internet or by returning the proxy card to us. Whether or not you plan to attend the Annual Meeting, if you do not vote over the Internet, please complete, date, sign and return a proxy card to ensure that your vote is counted.

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Beneficial Owner of Shares Held in Street Name

If on May 3, 2024, your shares were held in an account at a brokerage firm, bank, broker-dealer, or other nominee holder, then you are considered the beneficial owner of shares held in “street name,” and the Notice of Annual Meeting & Proxy statement was forwarded to you by that organization. The organization holding your account is considered the stockholder of record for purposes of voting at the Annual Meeting. As the beneficial owner, you have the right to instruct that organization on how to vote the shares held in your account. However, since you are not the stockholder of record, you may not vote these shares in person at the Annual Meeting unless you receive a valid proxy from the organization.

How do I vote?

Stockholders of Record.    If you are a stockholder of record, you may vote by any of the following methods:

        Via the Internet.    You may vote by proxy via the Internet by following the instructions provided on the Notice of Internet Availability or the enclosed Proxy Card.

        By Telephone.    You may vote by calling the toll free number found on the Proxy Card.

        By Mail.    You may vote by completing, signing, dating and returning your Proxy Card in the pre-addressed, postage-paid envelope provided.

        In Person Virtually.    You may attend and vote at the Annual Meeting virtually. When you log on to the Webcast there will be instructions about how to vote.

Beneficial Owners of Shares Held in Street Name.    If you are a beneficial owner of shares held in street name, you may vote by any of the following methods:

        Via the Internet.    You may vote by proxy via the Internet by following the instructions provided on the Notice of Internet Availability or the enclosed Proxy Card.

        By Telephone.    You may vote by proxy by calling the toll-free number found on the vote instruction form.

        By Mail.    You may vote by proxy by filling out the vote instruction form and returning it in the pre-addressed, postage-paid envelope provided.

        In Person Virtually.    If you are a beneficial owner of shares held in street name and you wish to vote in person at the Annual Meeting, you must obtain a legal proxy from the organization that holds your shares. When you log on to the Webcast there will be instructions about how to vote.

How will my vote be counted if I have not yet exchanged my stock certificate for new Common Shares?

On June 14, 2021 we completed a 1-for-30 reverse stock split of our shares of common stock and on June 26, 2023 we completed a 1-for-8 reverse stock split of our shares of common stock. Upon implementation of each reverse split, all stockholders were notified and encouraged to exchange their old paper stock certificates for new shares of common stock in electronic book entry form. If you have not yet exchanged your certificate you will still be able to vote your shares and your votes will be counted on a “as exchanged”, post-split basis as of the record date May 3, 2024.

We encourage you to exchange your old paper certificate for new electronic shares, using the exchange form provided. If you have lost your certificate or the exchange form, or have any questions about the exchange process, please contact Computershare at +1- 877-373-6374 (U.S.) +1-781-575-3100 (Outside the US), via the website http://www.computershare.com/ or by e-mail to web.queries@computershare.com.

What are abstentions and broker non-votes?

While the inspector of elections will treat shares represented by proxies that reflect abstentions or include “broker non-votes” as shares that are present and entitled to vote for purposes of determining the presence of a quorum, abstentions or “broker non-votes” do not constitute a vote “for” or “against” any matter and thus will be disregarded in any calculation of “votes cast.” However, abstentions and “broker non-votes” will have the effect of a negative vote if an item requires the approval of a majority of a quorum or of a specified proportion of all issued and outstanding shares.

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Brokers holding shares of record for customers generally are not entitled to vote on “non-routine” matters, unless they receive voting instructions from their customers (see What happens if I do not give specific voting instructions). As used herein, “uninstructed shares” means shares held by a broker who has not received voting instructions from its customers on a proposal. A “broker non-vote” occurs when a nominee holding uninstructed shares for a beneficial owner does not vote on a particular proposal because the nominee does not have discretionary voting power with respect to that non-routine matter.

What happens if I do not give specific voting instructions?

Stockholders of Record.    If you are a stockholder of record and you:

        indicate when voting on the Internet or by telephone that you wish to vote as recommended by the Board of Directors, or

        sign and return a proxy card without giving specific voting instructions,

then the proxy holders will vote your shares in the manner recommended by the Board of Directors on all matters presented in this Proxy Statement and as the proxy holders may determine in their discretion with respect to any other matters properly presented for a vote at the Annual Meeting.

Beneficial Owners of Shares Held in Street Name.    If you are a beneficial owner of shares held in street name and do not provide the organization that holds your shares with specific voting instructions, under the rules of various national and regional securities exchanges, the organization that holds your shares may generally vote on routine matters, but not on non-routine matters. Under New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”) rules, if your shares are held by a member organization, as that term is defined under NYSE rules, responsibility for making a final determination as to whether a specific proposal constitutes a routine or non-routine matter rests with that organization, or third parties acting on its behalf.

What are the Board’s recommendations?

The Board’s recommendation is set forth together with the description of each item in this Proxy Statement. In summary, the Board recommends a vote:

        for election of the seven director nominees named in the Proxy Statement to hold office until the next annual meeting of stockholders and until their successors are duly elected and qualified;

        for ratification of the appointment of Cherry Bekaert LLP as the Company’s independent auditors for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2024;

        for the approval of the Authorized Share Decrease;

        for the approval and ratification of the adoption of the 2024 Plan and the authorization of 395,000 shares of common stock for issuance under the 2024 Plan

        for the approval, on an advisory basis, of the compensation of the Company’s named executive officers; and

        for, on an advisory basis, a three-year frequency with which the Company should conduct future stockholder advisory votes on named executive officer compensation.

With respect to any other matter that properly comes before the Annual Meeting, the proxy holders will vote as recommended by the Board of Directors or, if no recommendation is given, in their own discretion.

How are proxy materials delivered to households?

Only one copy of the Company’s Notice of Internet Availability, Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2023 or this Proxy Statement, as applicable, will be delivered to an address where two or more stockholders reside with the same last name or who otherwise reasonably appear to be members of the same family based on the stockholders’ prior express or implied consent.

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We will deliver promptly upon written or oral request a separate copy of the Company’s Notice of Internet Availability, Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2023 or this Proxy Statement, as applicable. If you share an address with at least one other stockholder, currently receive one copy of our Annual Report on Form 10-K and Proxy Statement at your residence, and would like to receive a separate copy of our Annual Report on Form 10-K and Proxy Statement for future stockholder meetings of the Company, please specify such request in writing and send such written request to authID Inc.,1580 North Logan Street, Suite 660, Unit 51767, Denver, Colorado 80203; Attention: Corporate Secretary.

Interest of Officers and Directors in matters to be acted upon

Except for the election to our Board of the nominees set forth herein, and the right for non-employee directors to receive additional option grants following the approval of the 2024 Plan, none of our officers or directors has any interest in any of the matters to be acted upon at the Annual Meeting.

How much stock is owned by 5% stockholders, directors, and executive officers?

The following table sets forth the number of shares known to be beneficially owned by all persons who own at least 5% of authID’s outstanding common stock, the Company’s directors, the Company’s executive officers, and the directors and executive officers as a group as of May 3, 2024, unless otherwise noted. Unless otherwise indicated, the stockholders listed in the table have sole voting and investment power with respect to the shares indicated.

Name

 

Position

 

Number of
Shares of
Common
Stock

 

Percentage of
Common Stock
(1)

Rhoniel A. Daguro

 

Director, CEO

 

304,218

(2)

 

3.1

%

Thomas R. Szoke

 

Director, CTO

 

138,044

(3)

 

1.5

%

Michael C. Thompson

 

Director

 

69,548

(4)

 

*

 

Ken Jisser

 

Director

 

41,100

(5)

 

*

 

Michael L. Koehneman

 

Director

 

30,589

(6)

 

*

 

Jacqueline L. White

 

Director

 

29,089

(7)

 

*

 

Kunal Mehta

 

Director

 

4,167

(8)

 

*

 

Edward Sellitto

 

CFO

 

17,380

(9)

 

*

 

Total Officers and Directors

     

634,135

 

 

6.6

%

5% Stockholders

       

 

   

 

Stephen J. Garchik

 

Stockholder

 

1,306,808

(10)

 

13.8

%

Philip R. Broenniman

 

Stockholder

 

609,311

(11)

 

6.4

%

Total Officers, Directors and 5% Stockholders

     

2,550,254

 

 

26.8

%

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*        Represents less than 1% of the Company’s issued and outstanding shares of common stock.

(1)      Applicable percentage ownership is based on 9,450,220 shares of common stock outstanding as of May 3, 2024. Beneficial ownership is determined in accordance with the rules of the Securities and Exchange Commission and generally includes voting or investment power with respect to securities. Shares of common stock that are currently exercisable or exercisable within 60 days of the reference date of this table are deemed to be beneficially owned by the person holding such securities for computing the percentage of ownership of such person, but are not treated as outstanding for computing the percentage ownership of any other person. Options or warrants which are not vested, or expected to be vested as of July 2, 2024, are referenced in the footnotes below for the sake of completeness, but are not included in the figures in the above table.

(2)      Includes (i) 20,833 shares of common stock, (ii) a stock option to purchase 306,875 shares of common stock at an exercise price of $3.176 vesting subject to achievement of performance and service conditions, and (iii) a stock option to purchase 183,125 shares of common stock at an exercise price of $5.48 vesting subject to achievement of performance and service conditions. A total of 283,385 of the stock options will be vested as of July 2, 2024.

(3)      Includes (i) 45,625 shares of common stock, (ii) 12,500 shares of common stock held by Mrs. Szoke, (iii) a stock option to acquire 41,667 shares of common stock at an exercise price of $108.00 per share, (iv) a stock option to acquire 4,166 shares of common stock at an exercise price of $57.60 per share, (v) a stock option to acquire 12,500 shares of common stock at an exercise price of $2.64 per share vesting subject to achievement of performance and service conditions, (vi) a stock option to acquire 50,000 shares of common stock at an exercise price of $5.48 per share vesting subject to achievement of performance and service conditions, and (vii) a stock option to acquire 5,000 shares of common stock at an exercise price of $9.25 per share which vest over 12 months. A total of 79,919 of the stock options will be vested as of July 2, 2024.

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(4)      Includes (i) 66,423 shares of common stock, (ii) a stock option to acquire 12,500 shares of common stock at an exercise price of $2.64 per share which vest over a three-year period after each Annual Meeting subject to continued service, and (iii) a stock option to acquire 3,125 shares of common stock at an exercise price of $5.48 per share which vest over 12 months. A total of 3,125 of the stock options will be vested as of July 2, 2024.

(5)      Includes (i) 37,975 shares of common stock, (ii) a stock option to acquire 12,500 shares of common stock at an exercise price of $2.64 per share which vest over a three-year period after each Annual Meeting subject to continued service, and (iii) a stock option to acquire 3,125 shares of common stock at an exercise price of $5.48 per share which vest over 12 months. A total of 3,125 of the stock options will be vested as of July 2, 2024.

(6)      Includes (i) 1,471 shares of common stock, (ii) 29 shares of common stock held by Mrs. Koehneman, (iii) a stock option to acquire 7,813 shares of common stock at an exercise price of $62.40 per share, which vest over a three-year period after each Annual Meeting subject to continued service, (iv) a stock option to acquire 1,280 shares of common stock at $121.28 per share, (v) a stock option to acquire 4,371 shares of common stock at $24.24 per share, and (vi) a stock option to acquire 15,625 shares of common stock at an exercise price of $5.48 per share which vest over 12 months. A total of 29,089 of the stock options will be vested as of July 2, 2024.

(7)      Includes (i) a stock option to acquire 7,813 shares of common stock at an exercise price of $62.40 per share, which vest over a three-year period after each Annual Meeting subject to continued service, (ii) a stock option to acquire 1,280 shares of common stock at $121.28 per share, and (iii) a stock option to acquire 4,371 shares of common stock at $24.24 per share, and (iv) a stock option to acquire 15,625 shares of common stock at an exercise price of $5.48 per share which vest over 12 months. A total of 29,089 of the stock options will be vested as of July 2, 2024.

(8)      Comprises 4,167 shares of common stock. In addition, on the third trading day after the announcement of the Company’s results for the first quarter of 2024, Mr. Mehta will receive grants priced on such day for (a) an initial equity award of an option to purchase 12,500 shares of common stock (“Shares”), subject to annual vesting of one-third of the Shares over three years on the date of each Annual Meeting commencing with the 2025 Annual Meeting; (b) an initial equity award of an option to purchase 782 Shares, subject to monthly vesting of one-third of the Shares over three months following the date of appointment.

(9)      Includes (i) an option to purchase 50,000 shares of common stock at an exercise price of $8.87 vesting subject to achievement of performance and service conditions, and (ii) a stock option to acquire 7,000 shares of common stock at an exercise price of $9.25 per share which vest over 12 months. A total of 17,380 of the stock options will be vested as of July 2, 2024.

(10)    Includes (i) 1,123,563 shares of common stock held by Mr. Garchik personally, (ii) 20,834 shares of common stock held by the Garchik 2019 Irrevocable Trust (“2019 Trust”) of which Mr. Garchik is a trustee and beneficiary, (iii) 4,367 shares of common stock held by Garchik Universal Limited Partnership, which Mr. Garchik jointly controls with his sister, (iv) 147,627 shares of common stock held by the Marla Garchik 2020 Irrevocable Trust (the “2020 Trust”) of which Mr. Garchik is a beneficiary, and (v) a common stock purchase warrant to acquire 10,417 shares of common stock at $36.00 per share held by the 2019 Trust.

(11)    Includes (i) 79,889 shares of common stock, (ii) a stock option to purchase 69,445 shares of common stock at a price of $16.80 per share, (iii) a stock option to purchase 47,917 shares of common stock at a price of $57.60 per share which vest upon meeting performance criteria. The performance criteria have not been met as of May 3, 2024 and the options are not expected to be vested by July 2, 2024 (iv) common stock purchase warrants to acquire 1,094 shares of common stock at $21.12 per share, and (v) 458,883 shares of common stock held by Varana Capital Focused L.P. (“VCFLP”). Mr. Broenniman is the Managing Partner of Varana Capital, LLC, which, in turn, is the investment manager of and has dispositive control over the shares held by VCFLP. By virtue of these relationships, in addition to the shares he holds personally, Mr. Broenniman may be deemed to beneficially own the shares held by VCFLP.

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INFORMATION ABOUT THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND EXECUTIVE OFFICERS

The current Directors and Officers of the Company are as follows:

Name

 

Age

 

Position (s) and Offices Held

Rhoniel A. Daguro(2)

 

49

 

Director and Chief Executive Officer

Edward C. Sellitto

 

39

 

Chief Financial Officer

Thomas R. Szoke

 

59

 

Director, Chief Technology Officer

Ken Jisser

 

46

 

Director

Michael L. Koehneman*(1)(2)(4)

 

63

 

Director

Michael C. Thompson(1)(2)(3)

 

63

 

Director

Jacqueline L. White*(1)(3)

 

60

 

Director

Kunal Mehta(3)

 

55

 

Director

____________

*        denotes Committee Chair

(1)      Audit Committee

(2)      Governance Committee

(3)      Compensation Committee

(4)      Lead Independent Director

Rhoniel A. Daguro

Mr. Daguro joined our company as a director on March 9, 2023 and was appointed CEO on March 23, 2023. He has over 20 years of sales, marketing, technology, and venture capital experience. He has built multiple profitable software and professional services firms. Most recently, from 2018 to 2022, he served as the Chief Revenue Officer of Socure Inc. Prior to that, Mr. Daguro held various executive sales positions with Persistent Systems, Hortonworks, and Oracle.

Edward C. Sellitto

Mr. Sellitto joined authID as Chief Financial Officer of the Company on August 15, 2023. Mr. Sellitto has over 15 years of experience in Financial Management and Revenue Operations roles supporting a wide range of industries and company sizes, from startups to Fortune 100 organizations. Most recently, from December 2022 through present, he served as Vice President, Revenue Operations at Zero Hash, a Digital Asset-as-a-Service infrastructure provider. From February 2022 through December 2022, Mr. Sellitto served as the Head of Go-To-Market Financial Planning and Analysis for Sprinklr (NYSE: CXM) and at various roles including Director — Sales Operations and VP — Revenue Operations with Socure from May 2019 through February 2022. Further, from 2018 to 2019, Mr. Sellitto served as the Director — Sales Operations for SmartSource Rentals. Ed holds an MBA in Corporate Finance and Strategy from the Stern School of Business at New York University.

Thomas R. Szoke

Mr. Thomas Szoke is a co-founder of authID and has over 35 years of executive management, solutions engineering, and operations management experience in Government Security, Identity Access Management and SaaS solutions industries. He rejoined the Company as a Director on March 9, 2023 and in April 2023 became the Company’s Chief Technology Officer. Mr. Szoke previously served as a Director and the Company’s Chief Solutions Architect and has held several other executive positions since its inception, from 2013 through 2021. He has also expanded the Company’s market presence and product portfolio through technological innovation and global strategic partnerships. Mr. Szoke has been issued several US and international patents focused on identity solutions and has pioneered the concept and development of different product lines for the Company including its Multi-Factor Out-of-Band Identity and Transaction Authentication Platform. From 2021 to 2023, he was an independent consultant for the Company and others.

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Ken Jisser

Mr. Jisser joined authID on March 9, 2023. He is the Founder & CEO of The Pipeline Group, Inc., a technology-enabled services company that aims to deliver business results for companies looking to build predictable and profitable pipeline. Mr. Jisser founded the company in his garage in 2017, and it reached #415 among the fastest growing private companies in America, according to Inc. Magazine rankings published in 2021. Prior to that, Mr. Jisser served as GTM Advisor at Druva Inc., where he rebuilt the global inside sales team.

Michael L. Koehneman

Mr. Koehneman joined our company as a Director on June 9, 2021. Mr. Koehneman previously held various positions at Pricewaterhouse Coopers, a global accounting firm, through 2020, including the Global Advisory Chief Operating Officer and Human Capital Leader from 2016 through 2019, the U.S. Advisory Operations Leader from 2005 through 2016 responsible for the oversight of Advisory services for PwC, including business unit performance, finance, investments, human resources, acquisitions, and administration, and the Lead Engagement Partner for Financial Statement Audits and Internal Control and Security Reviews from 1993 through 2004 for several public and private company audits. Since 2020 he has also served as a director and member of the Audit Committee of Aspen Group, Inc.

Michael C. Thompson

Mr. Thompson joined the Company as a Director on March 9, 2023. He has over 38 years of domestic and international experience in publicly traded and private equity backed consumer and commercial businesses. Since 2022, Mr. Thompson has been a partner at Hemingway Capital, an operationally focused private equity firm. Previously, he served as Chief Executive Officer for companies in the bedding (Corsicana Mattress from 2018 to 2022), polyurethane foam and pet products industries and was an operating executive for two leading middle-market private equity firms. Mr. Thompson has also held executive positions with Rubbermaid Commercial Products, Merillat Industries, a division of Masco Corporation, and Black+Decker, and began his career with Sunbeam Appliance Company.

Jacqueline L. White

Ms. White joined our company as a Director on June 9, 2021. Ms. White has been a leader in enterprise technology software and IT consulting for the past 25 years. Ms. White has held global positions at SAP, Oracle, and Accenture, always leading diverse, high performing organizations around the world. In May 2023 Ms. White became President of i2C Inc, which operates a global payments and digital banking platform. Prior to that, Ms. White joined the Executive Management Team of Temenos AG (Six: TEMN), a company specializing in enterprise software for banks and financial services, as the President of the Americas Region in January 2021. Ms. White led the Banking & Capital Markets line of business of DXC Technology Co. (NYSE: DXC) as Senior Vice President and Practice Lead from September 2019 to January 2021. From January 2018 through September 2019, Ms. White served as the Chief Revenue Officer of Saltstack, a VM Ware Company, and from January 2015 through January 2018 as Global Senior Vice President Global FSI Consulting for SAP (NYSE: SAP). Prior to joining SAP, Ms. White held various positions with Accenture Services Pvt. Ltd., Oracle, BearingPoint and Novell. Ms. White was named by Utah Business Magazine as “Top Executives to Watch” in July 2020. Ms. White received a BA in Comparative Literature from Brigham Young University and a Leadership Certificate from Boston University.

Kunal Mehta

Mr. Mehta, age 55, joined our company as a Director on March 25, 2024. He has over 25 years of experience building value-creation programs for private equity firms and industry experience scaling global revenue operations, marketing, and sales programs for several of the biggest names in the technology space. Since 2022, he is an Expert Partner at Boston, Massachusetts-based Bain & Company, working with a number of Private Equity firms to accelerate Go To Market (GTM) value creation. Between Sept 2019 and March 2022, he built the Go To Market (GTM) Center of Excellence at Menlo Park, CA-based Technology Crossover Ventures (TCV). In these roles, he developed the GTM strategy that led to more efficient account targeting, demand generation, sales process, faster speed-to-market,

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significantly higher NPS scores, and the development of a podcast with some of the best operators in the software industry. From September 2018 to March 2019, Mr. Mehta worked at Druva, a private equity backed portfolio company as VP of Sales Strategy and Operations. Mr. Mehta was originally recruited from a Vista Equity company Infoblox (August 2016 to September 2018), where he led the implementation of several Vista operating processes, including interlocking with key Vista Execs and board members. Previously, as Director, Global Sales Enablement for VMware End-User Computing, Mr. Mehta implemented the business unit’s enablement platform from the ground up to a model program replicated across other VMware businesses. Earlier, as Director, Global Enablement for data integrity software company Informatica, Mr. Mehta turned around an inefficient sales accreditation process and developed scalable enablement programs and tools to address skills gaps and eliminate sales tool redundancies. Mr. Mehta began his management career at Hewlett-Packard, progressing through a series of solutions, marketing, and enablement roles with increasing responsibility. He created the first effective enablement model to support programs delivered to sales, presales, and partners and transformed the training content to focus on consultative sales over product functionality. Mr. Mehta earned his MBA in Management of Information Systems, BA in Economics from The George Washington University in Washington, DC, and MHS in Health Finance & Management from Johns Hopkins.

Board & Committees

Board meetings during calendar year ended 2023

During 2023, the Board of Directors held fourteen meetings as well as committee meetings, as outlined below and meetings of the Special Committee and Pricing Committee that were formed for the purposes of approval of the separate funding transactions in May and November 2023. Each director attended all of the meetings of the Board and all of the meetings held by all committees on which such director served, apart from one meeting which one director was not able to attend. The Board also approved certain actions by unanimous written consent.

Committees established by the Board

The Board of Directors has standing Audit, Compensation, and Governance Committees. Information concerning the function of each Board committee follows.

Audit Committee

The Audit Committee is responsible for overseeing management’s implementation of effective internal accounting and financial controls, supervising matters relating to audit functions, reviewing and setting internal policies and procedures regarding audits, accounting and other financial controls, reviewing the results of our audit performed by the independent public accountants, and evaluating and selecting the independent public accountants. The Audit Committee has adopted an Audit Committee Charter which is posted on the Corporate Governance page under the tab labeled “Board Committees” on our Investor Relations website at https://investors.authid.ai. The Board has designated the Chair of the Committee as the “audit committee financial expert” as defined by the SEC. During 2023, the Audit Committee held five meetings. The Committee also approved certain actions by unanimous written consent.

Compensation Committee

The Compensation Committee determines matters pertaining to the compensation of our named executive officers and administers our stock option and incentive compensation plans. The Compensation Committee has adopted a Compensation Committee Charter which is posted on our which is posted on the Corporate Governance page under the tab labeled “Board Committees” on our Investor Relations website at https://investors.authid.ai. During 2023, the Compensation Committee held three meetings and also approved certain actions by unanimous written consent.

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Governance Committee

The Governance Committee is responsible for considering potential Board members, nominating Directors for election to the Board, implementing the Company’s corporate governance policies, recommending compensation for the Board and for all other purposes outlined in the Governance Committee Charter, which is posted on the Corporate Governance page under the tab labeled “Board Committees” on our Investor Relations website at https://investors.authid.ai. During 2023, the Governance Committee held one meeting.

Nomination of Directors

As provided in its charter, the Governance Committee is responsible for identifying individuals qualified to become directors. The Governance Committee seeks to identify director candidates based on input provided by a number of sources including (1) the Governance Committee members, (2) our other directors, (3) our stockholders, (4) our Chief Executive Officer, and (5) third parties such as service providers. In evaluating potential candidates for director, the Governance Committee considers the entirety of each candidate’s credentials.

Qualifications for consideration as a director nominee may vary according to the particular areas of expertise being sought as a complement to the existing composition of the Board of Directors. However, at a minimum, candidates for director must possess:

        high personal and professional ethics and integrity;

        the ability to exercise sound judgment;

        the ability to make independent analytical inquiries;

        a willingness and ability to devote adequate time and resources to diligently perform Board and committee duties; and

        the appropriate and relevant business experience and acumen.

Except as set forth below, during the year ended December 31, 2023, there have been no material changes to the procedures by which security holders may recommend nominees to our board of directors.

Effective March 8, 2023 the Original Facility Agreement with Mr. Garchik was amended and restated by virtue of the A&R Facility Agreement. Pursuant to that amendment Garchik’s right to designate a person for nomination as a director under the Original Facility Agreement was terminated. Under the A&R Facility Agreement Garchik had a one-time right for the nomination of four designees specified in writing by Garchik for appointment to our board of directors. On March 9, 2023 Rhoniel Daguro, Ken Jisser, Michael Thompson and Thomas Szoke as Garchik’s designees under the A&R Facility Agreement, were appointed as members of the Board of Directors of the Company. Thereafter, no security holder had or has any contractual right to recommend or designate nominees to our board of directors.

Board Diversity

The Board believes that a diverse membership having a variety of skills, styles, experience and competencies is an important feature of a well-functioning board. Accordingly, the Board believes that diversity of viewpoints, backgrounds and experience (inclusive of gender, age, race and ethnicity) should be a consideration in Board succession planning and recruiting. In recent years, the Governance Committee has taken this priority to heart in its nominations process, and the diversity of the Board has grown significantly. One of the seven current members of the Board one is female and two self-identify as an underrepresented minority satisfying The Nasdaq Stock Market, LLC Listing Rules’

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(the “NASDAQ Listing Rules”) objective for listed companies to have at least two diverse directors, including one who self-identifies as female and one who self-identifies as either an underrepresented minority or LGBTQ+. The chart below provides certain information regarding the diversity of the Board as of May 5, 2023 and 2024.

Board Diversity Matrix as of

   

May 5, 2023

 

May 5, 2024

Total Number of Directors

 

7

 

7

   

Female

 

Male

 

Non-Binary

 

Female

 

Male

 

Non-Binary

Part I: Gender Identity

                       

Directors

 

1

 

6

 

 

1

 

6

 

Part II: Demographic Background

                       

African American or Black

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alaskan Native or Native American

 

 

 

 

 

 

Asian

 

 

1

 

 

 

2

 

Hispanic or Latinx

 

 

1

 

 

     

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

 

 

 

 

 

 

White

 

1

 

5

 

 

1

 

4

 

Two or More Races or Ethnicities

 

 

 

 

 

 

LGBTQ+

 

0

 

0

 

0

 

0

 

0

 

0

Board Leadership Structure and Role in Risk Oversight

The Board recognizes that the leadership structure and combination or separation of the CEO and Chairman roles is driven by the needs of the Company at any point in time. As a result, no policy exists requiring combination or separation of leadership roles and our governing documents do not mandate a particular structure. This has allowed the Board the flexibility to establish the most appropriate structure for the Company at any given time.

In June 2021, the Board elected to separate the role of Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors. Currently, Mr. Daguro serves as the Chief Executive Officer and Mr. Koehneman serves as the Lead Independent Director. Mr. Trelin resigned as Chairman of the Board effective February 20, 2024 and the Company has not yet appointed another Chair at his time and Mr. Daguro chairs meetings of the Directors. The Board believes that the separation of the Chairman of the Board and CEO roles currently provides the most efficient and effective leadership model for the Company as it encourages free and open dialogue regarding competing views and provides for strong checks and balances. Specifically, the balance of powers among our CEO and the Lead Independent Director facilitates the active participation of all directors and enables the Board to provide more effective oversight of management. In addition, the Board believes that this separation enables our CEO to focus on the management and operations of our business and the development and implementation of strategic initiatives, while our Lead Independent Director leads the Board in the performance of its responsibilities.

The Board, led by the Audit Committee, is actively involved in overseeing our risk management processes. The Board focuses on our general risk management strategy and ensures that appropriate risk mitigation strategies are implemented by management. Further, operational and strategic presentations by management to the Board at Board meetings include consideration of the challenges and risks of our businesses, and the Board and management actively engage in discussion on these topics. In addition, each of the Board’s committees considers risk within its area of responsibility.

Legal Proceedings

There are currently no legal proceedings, and during the past 10 years there have been no legal proceedings, that are material to the evaluation of the ability or integrity of any of our directors.

Family Relationships

There are no family relationships among our directors and executive officers. There is no arrangement or understanding between or among our executive officers and directors pursuant to which any director or officer was or is to be selected as a director or officer.

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Involvement in Certain Legal Proceedings

To our knowledge, during the last ten years, none of our directors and executive officers has:

        Had a bankruptcy petition filed by or against any business of which such person was a general partner or executive officer either at the time of the bankruptcy or within two years prior to that time.

        Been convicted in a criminal proceeding or been subject to a pending criminal proceeding, excluding traffic violations and other minor offenses.

        Been subject to any order, judgment or decree, not subsequently reversed, suspended or vacated, of any court of competent jurisdiction, permanently or temporarily enjoining, barring, suspending or otherwise limiting his involvement in any type of business, securities or banking activities.

        Been found by a court of competent jurisdiction (in a civil action), the SEC, or the Commodities Futures Trading Commission to have violated a federal or state securities or commodities law, and the judgment has not been reversed, suspended or vacated.

        Been the subject to, or a party to, any sanction or order, not subsequently reverse, suspended or vacated, of any self-regulatory organization, any registered entity, or any equivalent exchange, association, entity or organization that has disciplinary authority over its members or persons associated with a member.

To our knowledge, none of our directors and executive officers has at any time been subject to any proceedings:

        that were initiated by any regulatory, civil or criminal agency

        in which claims alleging fraud were asserted and seeking damages in excess of $100,000

Code of Ethics

We have adopted a Code of Business Conduct and Ethics Policy (the “Code of Ethics”) that applies to all directors and officers, which is posted on the Corporate Governance page under the tab labeled “Board Committees” on our Investor Relations website at https://investors.authid.ai. The Code of Ethics describes the legal, ethical and regulatory standards that must be followed by the directors and officers of the Company and sets forth high standards of business conduct applicable to each director and officer. As adopted, the Code of Ethics sets forth written standards that are designed to deter wrongdoing and to promote, among other things:

        honest and ethical conduct, including the ethical handling of actual or apparent conflicts of interest between personal and professional relationships;

        compliance with applicable governmental laws, rules and regulations;

        the prompt internal reporting of violations of the Code of Ethics to the appropriate person or persons identified in the code; and

        accountability for adherence to the Code of Ethics.

Delinquent Section 16(a) Reports

Section 16(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, requires our directors and executive officers and persons who own more than 10% of the issued and outstanding shares of our common stock to file reports of initial ownership of common stock and other equity securities and subsequent changes in that ownership with the SEC. Officers, directors and greater than ten percent stockholders are required by SEC regulation to furnish us with copies of all Section 16(a) forms they file. To our knowledge, based solely on a review of the copies of such reports furnished to us and written representations that no other reports were required, during the fiscal year ended December 31, 2023 all Section 16(a) filing requirements applicable to our officers, directors and greater than 10% beneficial owners were complied with.

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Compensation of Directors

The following table sets forth the compensation of non-management Directors earned during the year ended December 31, 2023.

Compensation of Directors

 

Cash Compensation
($)

 

Option Awards
($)

 

Total
($)

Joe Trelin

 

26,500

 

73,000

 

99,500

Former Chairman of the Board

           
             

Michael Koehneman

 

37,500

 

73,000

 

110,500

Board Member

           
             

Jacqueline White

 

37,500

 

73,000

 

110,500

Board Member

           
             

Michael Thompson

 

10,000

 

42,000

 

52,000

Board Member

           
             

Ken Jisser

 

10,000

 

42,000

 

52,000

Board Member

           
             

Phillip Kumnick

 

20,000

 

 

20,000

Former Chairman of the Board, CEO and President

           
             

Philip Broenniman

 

16,000

 

 

16,000

Former Board Member and President

           
             

Michael Gorriz

 

14,000

 

 

14,000

Board Member

           
             

Neepa Patel

 

17,500

 

 

17,500

Board Member

           

In May 2022, the Board approved that the compensation policy for non-employee directors be amended as follows:

        For attendance at each Board or Committee meeting of the Company, each director, who is not a committee chair, shall receive the sum of $2,000.

        For attendance at each Board or Committee meeting of the Company, each director, who is a committee chair shall receive the sum of $2,500.

        For attendance at each Board or Committee meeting of the Company, which lasts more than 2 hours, in lieu of the above sums, each director shall receive the sum of $1,000 per hour duration of such meeting.

        When Board and Committee meetings are held on the same day, the meetings shall be treated as a single meeting for the purpose of determining compensation.

        Payment shall be made quarterly in arrear in the month following completion of each fiscal quarter commencing July 2022 for the 2nd quarter of 2022.

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In May 2023, the Board approved that the compensation policy for non-employee directors be amended as follows:

        That cash compensation payable to each non-employee Director of $2,000 per meeting (or $2,500 per meeting for Committee chairs) be limited to one meeting per quarter, regardless of the number of meetings actually attended; and

        That with respect to the annual awards to be made following the 2023 Annual Meeting, each non-employee director be awarded options to purchase 15,625 shares of Common Stock (“Shares”) for the current year, to be granted following the Annual Meeting (and subject to the stockholder approval of the proposal to increase the shares allocated to the 2021 Plan), provided that those Directors who had already received a grant of 12,500 shares should only receive an additional 3,125 shares, each option vesting over 12 months.

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EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION

Executive Compensation

The below table sets forth information concerning all cash and non-cash compensation awarded to, earned by or paid to (i) all individuals serving as the Company’s principal executive officers or acting in a similar capacity during the last two completed fiscal years, regardless of compensation level, and (ii) the Company’s two most highly compensated executive officers other than the principal executive officers serving at the end of the last two completed fiscal years (collectively, the “Named Executive Officers”).

SUMMARY COMPENSATION TABLE

Name and Title

 

Year

 

Salary
($)

 

Bonus ($)

 

Option Awards ($)

 

Non-Equity Incentive Plan Compensation ($)

 

All Other Compensation ($)

 

Total
($)

Rhoniel Daguro

 

2023

 

310,769

 

225,000

 

1,185,100

 

 

8,000

 

1,728,869

CEO(1)

 

2022

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thomas Thimot

 

2023

 

76,458

 

 

 

 

327,167

 

403,625

Former CEO(2)

 

2022

 

325,000

     

 

 

5,253

 

330,253

Thomas Szoke

 

2023

 

188,490

 

140,833

 

221,145

 

 

5,234

 

555,702

CTO and former Chief Solutions Architect(3)

 

2022

 

 

 

 

 

 

Edward Sellitto

 

2023

 

94,712

 

57,123

 

315,303

 

 

2,188

 

469,326

CFO(4)

 

2022

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hang Thi Bich Pham

 

2023

 

171,875

 

 

 

 

303,840

 

475,715

Former CFO(5)

 

2022

 

147,019

 

25,000

 

768,170

 

 

3,025

 

943,214

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(1)      Mr. Rhoniel A. Daguro, a director of the Company, was hired as Chief Executive Officer of the Company in consideration of an initial annual salary of $400,000. Mr. Daguro will be eligible for an annual target bonus of up to $375,000 based on performance milestones. For the period ending March 31, 2024, a bonus amount of $75,000 shall be payable upon the Company achieving increments of $1,000,000 in total contract value of all customer agreements less claw backs (“Bookings”) up to an aggregate of $5,000,000 in Bookings. Mr. Daguro has earned a bonus of $225,000 in 2023 for non-equity incentive compensation based on Bookings in 2023. For subsequent years, Mr. Daguro and the Compensation Committee of the Board will mutually agree as to the performance targets to earn for the annual bonus. Additionally, the Company provided Mr. Daguro with an initial grant of options (“Initial Grant”) to purchase 306,875 shares of common stock for a period of ten years vesting subject to achievement of performance and service conditions, at an exercise price of $3.176 per share. Pursuant to his offer letter the Company granted Mr. Daguro additional options to acquire 183,125 shares of common stock for a period of ten years vesting subject to achievement of performance and service conditions (the “Additional Grant”) at an exercise price of $5.48 per share. The aggregate grant date fair market value of Mr. Daguro’s stock options was $1,185,100. Mr. Daguro has not exercised or realized a gain on his vested stock options as of the date of this report’s submission. All other compensation is primarily the Company’s 401(k) match for the fiscal year 2023.

          The Company also entered an Executive Retention Agreement with Mr. Daguro, pursuant to which the Company agreed to provide specified severance and bonus amounts and to accelerate the vesting on his equity awards upon termination upon a change of control or an involuntary termination, as each term is defined in the agreement. In the event of a termination upon a change of control or an involuntary termination, Mr. Daguro is entitled to receive an amount equal to 100% of his base salary, the actual bonus earned but unpaid for the previous year and any bonus that was earned but unpaid prior to the termination date. Further, upon termination upon a change of control or an involuntary termination, the Company will reimburse Mr. Daguro for the cost of continuation of health coverage for Mr. Daguro and his eligible dependents pursuant to COBRA until the earlier of 12 months following the termination date, the date Mr. Daguro and his dependents are eligible for health coverage from a new employer or the date Mr. Daguro and his eligible dependents are no longer eligible for COBRA.

          Additionally, Mr. Daguro prior to being appointed as Chief Executive Officer received $2,000 for Director’s Compensation in 2023.

(2)      Mr. Thomas Thimot was hired as Chief Executive Officer on June 14, 2021. Mr. Thimot and the Company entered into an Offer Letter pursuant to which Mr. Thimot will earn an annual salary of $325,000 with a bonus target at 50% of the base salary (pro-rated for 2021) upon terms to be agreed with the Compensation Committee for 2021, which was finally determined to be $75,000 and on the understanding that the 2022 target will include a requirement of the Company achieving

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three times the annual revenue of 2021. The Compensation Committee approved a bonus of $75,000 for 2021 on January 25, 2022. Additionally, Mr. Thimot was granted an option to acquire 150,000 shares of common stock at an exercise price of $62.40 per share for a term of ten years of which half of the options vest monthly over four years and the balance is subject to certain performance vesting requirements. The grant date fair market value of Mr. Thimot’s stock options was $5,272,000. Mr. Thimot has not exercised or realized a gain on his vested stock options as of the date of the submission of this report. All other compensation besides Mr. Thimot’s separation benefits is primarily the Company’s 401(k) match for the fiscal year 2023 and 2022. Mr. Thimot resigned as CEO on March 6, 2023, which became effective on his successor’s appointment on March 23, 2023.

          On March 23, 2023, the Company and Thomas Thimot entered into a Confidential Separation Agreement and General Release for the purposes of separation of Mr. Thimot from the Company as Chief Executive Officer and an employee by mutual consent and settling, compromising and resolving all claims between them. Mr. Thimot’s resignation was effective March 23, 2023. In addition to the Company paying all accrued but unpaid salary and providing reimbursement for all outstanding expenses, the Company has agreed to pay Mr. Thimot $325,000 which shall be deferred until the earlier of April 1, 2025 and a change of control of the Company. Mr. Thimot was also eligible for certain health benefits. The exercise period with respect to Mr. Thimot’s stock option to acquire 32,812 shares of common stock at an exercise price of $62.40 per share was extended through March 23, 2027. All unvested grants or other equity awards lapsed and are no longer exercisable as of the separation date.

(3)      Thomas R. Szoke, a director of the Company agreed to serve as Chief Technology Officer of the Company on April 12, 2023 in consideration of an initial annual salary of $250,000. Mr. Szoke received an initial signing bonus of $20,833 and will be eligible for an annual target bonus of up to $200,000 based on performance milestones. For the period ending March 31, 2024, a bonus amount of $40,000 shall be payable upon the Company achieving increments of $1,000,000 in total contract value of all customer agreements less claw backs (“Bookings”) up to an aggregate of $5,000,000 in Bookings. Mr. Szoke has earned a bonus of $120,000 in 2023 for non-equity incentive compensation based on Bookings in 2023. For subsequent years, Mr. Szoke and the Compensation Committee of the Board will mutually agree as to the performance targets to earn for the annual bonus.

          The vesting criteria of Mr. Szoke’s Stock Options to acquire 12,500 shares of common stock previously granted to Mr. Szoke on March 14, 2023 (the “Original Grant”) were amended pursuant to an Amended and Restated Stock Non-Statutory Option Agreement providing for vesting subject to achievement of performance and service conditions. All other terms of the Original Grant were not changed. On June 28, 2023, the Company made an additional grant of options to Mr. Szoke to acquire 50,000 shares of common stock at the exercise price of $5.48 per share for a period of ten years vesting subject to achievement of performance and service conditions. The grant date fair market value of the two option grants was $182,000. Additionally, on December 21, 2023, the Company granted Mr. Szoke options to acquire 5,000 shares of common stock at an exercise price of $9.25 for ten years, vesting over twelve months. The grant date fair market value of the option grant was $39,145.

          The Company also entered an Executive Retention Agreement with Mr. Szoke, pursuant to which the Company agreed to provide specified severance and bonus amounts and to accelerate the vesting on his equity awards upon termination upon a change of control or an involuntary termination, as each term is defined in the agreement. In the event of a termination upon a change of control or an involuntary termination, Mr. Szoke is entitled to receive an amount equal to 100% of his base salary, the actual bonus earned but unpaid for the previous year and any bonus that was earned but unpaid prior to the termination date. Further, upon termination upon a change of control or an involuntary termination, the Company will reimburse Mr. Szoke for the cost of continuation of health coverage for Mr. Szoke and his eligible dependents pursuant to COBRA until the earlier of 12 months following the termination date, the date Mr. Szoke and his dependents are eligible for health coverage from a new employer or the date Mr. Szoke and his eligible dependents are no longer eligible for COBRA.

          Additionally, Mr. Szoke prior to being appointed as Chief Executive Officer received $4,000 for Director’s Compensation in 2023.

(4)     Edward Sellitto was hired as Chief Financial Officer of the Company on July 31, 2023 in consideration of an annual salary of $250,000. Mr. Sellitto will be eligible for an annual target bonus of up to 60% of base salary based on achievement of performance milestones, as Mr. Sellitto and the Compensation Committee of the Board, will mutually agree for each year. The target bonus was pro-rated for the 2023 year and is $57,123. At the outset of employment, Mr. Sellitto was provided with a grant of options to purchase 50,000 shares of common stock vesting subject to achievement of performance and service conditions at an exercise price of $8.87, with an exercise period of 10 years. The grant date fair market value of the option grant was $260,500. The employment of Mr. Sellitto will be at will and may be terminated at any time, with or without formal cause. Additionally, on December 21, 2023, the Company granted Mr. Selitto options to acquire 7,000 shares of common stock at an exercise price of $9.25 for ten years, vesting over twelve months. The grant date fair market value of the option grant was $54,803. Mr. Selitto has not exercised or realized a gain on his vested stock options as of the date of the submission of this report. All other compensation is primarily the Company’s 401(k) match for the fiscal year 2023.

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(5)      Ms. Pham was hired as Chief Financial Officer on April 25, 2022 and commenced employment on June 20, 2022. Ms. Pham and the Company entered an Offer Letter pursuant to which Ms. Pham received a signing bonus of $25,000 and will earn an annual salary of $275,000 with a bonus target at 40% of the base salary (pro-rated for 2022). In addition, Ms. Pham was granted an option to acquire 43,750 shares of common stock at an exercise price of $19.28 per share for a term of ten years of which half of the options vest monthly over four years and the balance is subject to certain performance vesting requirements. The grant date fair market value of Ms. Pham’s stock options was $722,750. In December 2022, Ms. Pham was granted an option to purchase 7,500 shares of common stock at an exercise price of $6.32 per share for a term of ten years which will vest over one year period at the aggregate grant date fair market value of $45,000. Mr. Pham has not exercised or realized a gain on her vested stock options as of the date of the submission of this report. All other compensation is primarily the Company’s 401(k) match for the fiscal year 2023. On May 11, 2023, the Company and Ms. Annie Pham, the CFO of the Company, entered a Retention Agreement, pursuant to which the Company agreed to provide specified retention bonus amounts subject to certain performance conditions in the aggregate amount of up to $240,625 and to accelerate the vesting on her equity awards upon termination. Mr. Pham also received one-year of medical coverage for an aggregate cost of $57,715. This Agreement replaces the previous Executive Retention Agreement dated April 25, 2022, which was terminated, and a release granted in relation thereto. Ms. Pham resigned on August 15, 2023.

On October 6, 2023, the Board adopted the Company’s Policy for the Recovery of Erroneously Awarded Compensation, in accordance with Nasdaq Rule 5608 (“Clawback Policy”). The Clawback Policy provides for the reasonably prompt recovery by the Company of Incentive Based Compensation paid to a Covered Person (an executive officer and certain other specified senior employees), to the extent erroneously awarded, following an Accounting Restatement by the Company. The Clawback Policy applies to all Incentive Based Compensation paid after the date of adoption of the Clawback Policy. (All capitalized terms in this paragraph are as defined in the Clawback Policy). The foregoing description of the Clawback Policy is not complete and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the full text of the Clawback Policy which was filed as an exhibit to the Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the period ended September 30, 2023 and is incorporated by reference herein.

Other than the 401(k) retirement plan which allows employer match of 100% of up to 3% employee 401(k) payroll contribution and 50% of 3% – 5% employee 401(k) payroll contribution, the Company currently has no other retirement, pension, or profit-sharing plan covering its officers and directors. The Company provides medical benefits on a cost sharing basis and has a dental plan which is fully paid by the employees cost. (See “Executive Agreements” below.)

Grant of Plan-Based Awards

During the calendar year ended December 31, 2023, the following grants were made to named executive officers:

        The Company granted to Mr. Daguro stock options to acquire 490,000 shares of common stock that vest upon the achievement of performance and service conditions. See above for additional disclosure.

        The Company granted to Mr. Szoke stock options to acquire 62,500 shares of common stock that vest upon the achievement of performance and service conditions. Additionally, the Company granted Mr. Szoke stock options to acquire 5,000 shares of common stock that vest upon the achievement of service conditions over twelve months. See above for additional disclosure.

        The Company granted to Mr. Sellitto stock options to acquire 50,000 shares of common stock that vest upon the achievement of performance and service conditions. Additionally, the Company granted Mr. Sellitto stock options to acquire 7,000 shares of common stock that vest upon the achievement of service conditions over twelve months. See above for additional disclosure.

During the calendar year ended December 31, 2022, the following grants were made to named executive officers:

        The Company granted Ms. Pham stock options to acquire 43,750 shares of common stock which half vest monthly over four years and the balance is subject to certain performance vesting requirements. Ms. Pham was granted stock options to acquire an additional 7,500 shares of common stock that vest over one year.

There were no other grants of plan-based awards or common stock options, to other named executive officers during the years ended December 31, 2023, and December 31, 2022.

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Outstanding Equity Awards to Executive Officers

The following table sets forth information with respect to outstanding equity awards held by our named executive officers as of December 31, 2023.

(a)

 

Number of Securities Underlying Unexercised Options 
(#)

Exercisable
(b)

 

Number of Securities Underlying Unexercised Options 
(#)
Unexercisable
(c)

 

Plan Awards Number of Securities Underlying Unexercised Unearned Options 
(#)

(d)

 

Option
Exercise Price 
($)
(e)

 

Option
Expiration
Date
(f)

Executive Officer

                   

Rhon Daguro

 

144,354

 

162,521

 

 

3.18

 

4/10/33

Rhon Daguro

 

66,125

 

117,000

 

 

5.48

 

6/28/33

Thomas Szoke

 

41,667

 

 

 

108.00

 

9/25/25

Thomas Szoke

 

4,167

 

 

 

57.60

 

5/5/31

Thomas Szoke

 

4,513

 

7,987

 

 

2.64

 

3/14/33

Thomas Szoke

 

18,052

 

31,948

 

 

5.48

 

6/28/33

Thomas Szoke

 

 

5,000

 

 

9.25

 

12/21/33

Thomas Thimot

 

32,812

 

 

 

62.40

 

3/23/27

Edward Sellitto

 

5,552

 

44,448

 

 

8.87

 

8/15/33

Edward Sellitto

 

 

7,000

 

 

9.25

 

12/21/33

Hang Thi Bich Pham

 

43,750

 

 

 

19.28

 

8/15/27

Hang Thi Bich Pham

 

7,500

 

 

 

6.32

 

8/15/27

Option Exercises and Stock Vested Table

There have been no option exercises and restricted stock vesting during the year ended December 31, 2023 by any named executive officers.

Executive Employment Agreements

Mr. Rhoniel A. Daguro, a director of the Company, was hired as Chief Executive Officer of the Company in consideration of an initial annual salary of $400,000. Mr. Daguro will be eligible for an annual target bonus of up to $375,000 based on performance milestones. For the period ending March 31, 2024, a bonus amount of $75,000 shall be payable upon the Company achieving increments of $1,000,000 in total contract value of all customer agreements less claw backs (“Bookings”) up to an aggregate of $5,000,000 in Bookings. Mr. Daguro has earned a bonus of $225,000 in 2023 for non-equity incentive compensation based on Bookings in 2023. For subsequent years, Mr. Daguro and the Compensation Committee of the Board will mutually agree as to the performance targets to earn for the annual bonus. Additionally, the Company provided Mr. Daguro with an initial grant of options (“Initial Grant”) to purchase 306,875 shares of common stock for a period of ten years vesting subject to achievement of performance and service conditions, at an exercise price of $3.176 per share. Pursuant to his offer letter the Company granted Mr. Daguro additional options to acquire 183,125 shares of common stock for a period of ten years vesting subject to achievement of performance and service conditions (the “Additional Grant”) at an exercise price of $5.48 per share. The aggregate grant date fair market value of the option grants was $1,185,100.

The Company also entered an Executive Retention Agreement with Mr. Daguro, pursuant to which the Company agreed to provide specified severance and bonus amounts and to accelerate the vesting on his equity awards upon termination upon a change of control or an involuntary termination, as each term is defined in the agreement. In the event of a termination upon a change of control or an involuntary termination, Mr. Daguro is entitled to receive an amount equal to 100% of his base salary, the actual bonus earned but unpaid for the previous year and any bonus that was earned but unpaid prior to the termination date. Further, upon termination upon a change of control or an involuntary termination, the Company will reimburse Mr. Daguro for the cost of continuation of health coverage for Mr. Daguro

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and his eligible dependents pursuant to COBRA until the earlier of 12 months following the termination date, the date Mr. Daguro and his dependents are eligible for health coverage from a new employer or the date Mr. Daguro and his eligible dependents are no longer eligible for COBRA.

Mr. Thimot, the former Chief Executive Officer resigned upon the appointment of Mr. Daguro as Chief Executive Officer on March 23, 2023. On March 23, 2023, the Company and Thomas Thimot entered into a Confidential Separation Agreement and General Release for the purposes of separation of Mr. Thimot from the Company as Chief Executive Officer and an employee by mutual consent and settling, compromising and resolving all claims between them. Mr. Thimot’s resignation was effective March 23, 2023. In addition to the Company paying all accrued but unpaid salary and providing reimbursement for all outstanding expenses, the Company has agreed to pay Mr. Thimot $325,000 which shall be deferred until the earlier of April 1, 2025 and a change of control of the Company. Mr. Thimot was also be eligible for certain health benefits. The exercise period with respect to Mr. Thimot’s stock option to acquire 32,813 shares of common stock at an exercise price of $62.40 per share was extended through March 23, 2027. All unvested grants or other equity awards lapsed and are no longer exercisable as of the separation date.

Thomas R. Szoke, a director of the Company agreed to serve as Chief Technology Officer of the Company on April 12, 2023 in consideration of an initial annual salary of $250,000. Mr. Szoke received an initial signing bonus of $20,833 and will be eligible for an annual target bonus of up to $200,000 based on performance milestones. For the period ending March 31, 2024, a bonus amount of $40,000 shall be payable upon the Company achieving increments of $1,000,000 in total contract value of all customer agreements less claw backs (“Bookings”) up to an aggregate of $5,000,000 in Bookings. Mr. Szoke has earned a bonus of $120,000 in 2023 for non-equity incentive compensation based on Bookings in 2023. For subsequent years, Mr. Szoke and the Compensation Committee of the Board will mutually agree as to the performance targets to earn for the annual bonus.

The vesting criteria of Mr. Szoke’s Stock Options to acquire 12,500 shares of common stock previously granted to Mr. Szoke on March 14, 2023 (the “Original Grant”) were amended pursuant to an Amended and Restated Stock Non-Statutory Option Agreement providing for vesting subject to achievement of performance and service conditions. All other terms of the Original Grant were not changed. On June 28, 2023, the Company made an additional grant of options to Mr. Szoke to acquire 50,000 shares of common stock at the exercise price of $5.48 per share for a period of ten years vesting subject to achievement of performance and service conditions. The aggregate grant date fair market value of the option grants was $182,000.

The Company also entered an Executive Retention Agreement with Mr. Szoke, pursuant to which the Company agreed to provide specified severance and bonus amounts and to accelerate the vesting on his equity awards upon termination upon a change of control or an involuntary termination, as each term is defined in the agreement. In the event of a termination upon a change of control or an involuntary termination, Mr. Szoke is entitled to receive an amount equal to 100% of his base salary, the actual bonus earned but unpaid for the previous year and any bonus that was earned but unpaid prior to the termination date. Further, upon termination upon a change of control or an involuntary termination, the Company will reimburse Mr. Szoke for the cost of continuation of health coverage for Mr. Szoke and his eligible dependents pursuant to COBRA until the earlier of 12 months following the termination date, the date Mr. Szoke and his dependents are eligible for health coverage from a new employer or the date Mr. Szoke and his eligible dependents are no longer eligible for COBRA.

Edward Sellitto was hired as Chief Financial Officer of the Company on July 31, 2023 in consideration of an annual salary of $250,000. As of January 1, 2024, Mr. Sellitto’s annual salary was increased to $275,000. Mr. Sellitto will be eligible for an annual target bonus of up to 60% of base salary based on achievement of performance milestones, as Mr. Sellitto and the Compensation Committee of the Board, will mutually agree for each year. The target bonus was pro-rated for the 2023 year and is $57,123. At the outset of employment, Mr. Sellitto was provided with a grant of options to purchase 50,000 shares of common stock vesting subject to achievement of performance and service conditions at an exercise price of $8.87, with an exercise period of 10 years. The fair market value of the option grant was $260,500. The employment of Mr. Sellitto will be at will and may be terminated at any time, with or without formal cause.

Ms. Pham, the former Chief Financial Officer was hired as Chief Financial Officer on April 25, 2022 and commenced employment on June 20, 2022. Ms. Pham resigned on August 15, 2023. Ms. Pham and the Company entered an Offer Letter pursuant to which Ms. Pham received a signing bonus of $25,000 and earned an annual salary of $275,000 with a bonus target at 40% of the base salary (pro-rated for 2022). In addition, Ms. Pham was granted an option to acquire 43,750 shares of common stock at an exercise price of $19.28 per share for a term of ten years

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of which half of the options vest monthly over four years and the balance is subject to certain performance vesting requirements. The aggregate grant date fair market value of Ms. Pham’s stock options was $722,750. On May 11, 2023, the Company and Ms. Annie Pham, the CFO of the Company, entered a Retention Agreement, pursuant to which the Company agreed to provide specified retention bonus amounts subject to certain performance conditions in the aggregate amount of up to $240,625 and to accelerate the vesting on her equity awards upon termination. Mr. Pham also received one-year of medical coverage for an aggregate cost $57,715. This Agreement replaces the previous Executive Retention Agreement dated April 25, 2022, which was terminated, and a release granted in relation thereto.

Certain Relationships and Related Transactions and Director Independence

The Company is listed on the Nasdaq Capital Market and therefore the Company is complying with the Nasdaq Listing standards applicable to director independence. Pursuant to Rule 4200 of The Nasdaq Stock Market one of the definitions of an independent director is a person other than an executive officer or employee of a company. The Nasdaq rules require companies to maintain a Board a majority of the members of which are independent directors. Additionally, compensation committee members must not have a relationship with the Company that is material to the director’s ability to be independent from management in connection with the duties of a compensation committee member. Audit committee members must also satisfy the independence criteria set forth in Rule 10A-3 under the Exchange Act. In order to be considered independent for purposes of Rule 10A-3, a member of an audit committee of a listed company may not, other than in his or her capacity as a member of the audit committee, the board of directors, or any other board committee: accept, directly or indirectly, any consulting, advisory, or other compensatory fee from the listed company or any of its subsidiaries; or be an affiliated person of the listed company or any of its subsidiaries.

Pursuant to Rule 4200 of The NASDAQ Stock Market one of the definitions of an independent director is a person other than an executive officer or employee of a company. The Company’s board of directors has reviewed the materiality of any relationship that each of the directors has with the Company, either directly or indirectly. Based on this review the board has determined that there are four independent directors, including all the members of the Audit, Compensation and Governance Committees.

Sale of Common Stock

On March 18 and March 21, 2022, the Company entered into Subscription Agreements (the “Subscription Agreements”) with an accredited investor and two directors and an executive officer of the Company, and, pursuant to the Subscription Agreements, those directors and officer invested a total of approximately $0.2 million to purchase shares common stock.

On May 23, 2023, Messrs. Rhoniel Daguro, CEO, Ken Jisser, Michael Thompson, members of the Company’s Board of Directors and Joseph Trelin, the then Chairman of the Board, each purchased 12,500 shares of the Company’s common stock at a price of $50,000.

On November 20, 2023, Messrs. Rhoniel Daguro, CEO and Director, and Joseph Trelin, the then Chairman of the Board, each purchased 8,333 shares of the Company’s common stock at a price of $50,000. Michael Thompson, also a Director purchased 16,667 shares of Company’s common stock at a price of $100,000. Stephen Garchik, a holder of more than 10% of the outstanding shares of the Company’s common stock, purchased 166,667 shares of Company’s common stock at a price of $1,000,000.

Credit Facility

On March 21, 2022 the Company entered into a facility agreement (the “Original Facility Agreement”) with Mr. Stephen Garchik, an accredited investor, who is both a shareholder of the Company and was a Convertible Note Investor, pursuant to which Mr. Garchik agreed to provide a $10.0 million unsecured standby line of credit facility that will rank behind the Convertible Notes and may be drawn down in several tranches, subject to certain conditions described in the Original Facility Agreement. Pursuant to the Original Facility Agreement, the Company agreed to pay Mr. Garchik the Facility Commitment Fee of 12,500 shares of our common stock upon the effective date of the Original Facility Agreement. Upon request by Mr. Garchik and until the full amount due under the Original Agreement is repaid in full, the Company agreed to provide for the nomination of one designee specified in writing by Garchik for appointment to our board directors and for subsequent election to our board of directors and to recommend

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such nominee for election to our board of directors. On April 18, 2022, Joseph Trelin, as Garchik’s designee under the Original Facility Agreement, was appointed as a member of the Board of Directors of the Company. By virtue of such right of nomination Mr. Garchik considered himself a “director by deputization”.

The Original Facility Agreement was amended and restated effective March 8, 2023 (the “A&R Facility Agreement”) pursuant to which amendment the amount of the facility was reduced to $3.6 million, an initial advance of $900,000 was made (the “Initial Promissory Note”) and subsequent advances under the A&R Facility Agreement are subject to various conditions including the granting of a security interest over substantially all the Company’s assets. Under the A&R Facility Agreement Garchik had a one-time right for the nomination of four designees specified in writing by Garchik for appointment to our board of directors. On March 9, 2023 Rhoniel Daguro, Ken Jisser, Michael Thompson and Thomas Szoke as Garchik’s designees under the A&R Facility Agreement, were appointed as members of the Board of Directors of the Company.

On May 25, 2023, the Company and Mr. Garchik agreed to cancel the Initial Promissory Note, terminated the A&R Facility Agreement and satisfied and offset the outstanding balance of the Initial Promissory Note in the principal amount of $900,000 and $29,250 accrued and unpaid interest with the purchase price of 245,634 and 7,983 shares of common stock, respectively.

Convertible Notes Payable

On March 21, 2022, the Company entered into a Securities Purchase Agreement (“SPA”) with certain accredited investors, including two directors, an affiliate of a director and an executive officer of the Company (the “Related Note Investors”), and, pursuant to the SPA, sold to the Related Note Investors Senior Secured Convertible Notes (“Convertible Notes”) with an aggregate initial principal amount of approximately $2.2 million and a conversion price of $3.70 per share. In connection with the issuance of the Convertible Notes a total of 3,883 shares of common stock were issued by way of an origination fee. The Convertible Notes will accrue interest at the rate of 9.75% per annum, which will be payable in cash or, for some or all of the first five interest payments, in shares of our common stock at the Company’s option, on the last day of each calendar quarter before the maturity date and on the maturity date. The maturity date of the Convertible Notes is March 31, 2025. During the period ended December 31, 2022, in connection with the payment of interest on the Convertible Notes, 20,761 shares were issued to the Related Note Investors (excluding the executive officer who had retired by the first interest date).

On May 23, 2023, pursuant to an Exchange Agreement, Mr. Ken Jisser exchanged $100,000 of Convertible Notes payable and accrued interest of $1,463 for 24,628 shares of common stock.

On May 23, 2023, pursuant to an Exchange Agreement, Mr. Stephen J. Garchik exchanged $1,000,000 of Convertible Notes payable and $14,625 of accrued interest for 264,831 and 3,874 shares of common stock, respectively. As a result of such exchange, the issuance of shares in satisfaction of the Credit Facility referred to below and the purchase of additional shares of common stock in May 2023, Mr. Garchik is now a holder of more than 10% of the outstanding shares of the Company’s common stock.

The Company and the Stern Trust entered an Amended and Restated Promissory Note (the “Restated Stern Note”) providing that the $2,000,000 principal of the Stern Note will be due and payable on the same terms (bearing interest at 15% per annum) and on the same maturity date as the 2020 Notes. The Trustee of the Stern Trust was the late Mr. Theodore Stern, who was at the time a director of the Company. The principal balance of the Stern Note and accrued interest in the amount of $503,525 was converted into shares of common stock on June 24, 2021. The interest due under the Stern Note as of January 31, 2020 in the amount of $662,000 was capitalized and earned interest at 10% per annum. The Stern Note for the remaining balance of $662,000 was extended through December 31, 2022 on the same terms and conditions. The Stern Note’s full balance of principal and interest was paid in cash in December 2022.

Director & Executive Compensation

On April 25, 2022, Stuart Stoller indicated his intention to resign as Chief Financial Officer of the Company in connection with his planned retirement. The resignation and retirement were effective as of June 17, 2022 at which time Annie Pham was appointed Chief Financial Officer in his place.

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Ms. Pham was hired as Chief Financial Officer on April 25, 2022 and commenced employment on June 20, 2022. Ms. Pham and the Company entered an Offer Letter pursuant to which Ms. Pham received a signing bonus of $25,000 and earned an annual salary of $275,000 with a bonus target at 40% of the base salary (pro-rated for 2022). In addition, Ms. Pham was granted an option to acquire 43,750 shares of common stock at an exercise price of $19.28 per share for a term of ten years of which half of the options vest monthly over four years and the balance is subject to certain performance vesting requirements. The aggregate grant date fair market value of Ms. Pham’s stock options was $722,750. In December 2022, Ms. Pham was granted an option to purchase 7,500 shares of common stock at an exercise price of $6.32 per share for a term of ten years which will vest over one year period at the aggregate grant date fair market value of $45,000. Mr. Pham has not exercised or realized a gain on her vested stock options as of the date of the submission of this report. All other compensation is primarily the Company’s 401(k) match for the fiscal year 2023. On May 11, 2023, the Company and Ms. Annie Pham, the CFO of the Company, entered a Retention Agreement, pursuant to which the Company agreed to provide specified retention bonus amounts subject to certain performance conditions in the aggregate amount of up to $240,625 and to accelerate the vesting on her equity awards upon termination. Mr. Pham also received one-year of medical coverage for an aggregate cost $57,715. This Agreement replaces the previous Executive Retention Agreement dated April 25, 2022, which was terminated, and a release granted in relation thereto. Ms. Pham resigned on August 15, 2023.

Mr. Thomas Thimot and Mr. Cecil Smith, became employed by the Company as Chief Executive Officer and President and Chief Technology Officer effective June 14, 2021. Mr. Thimot and the Company entered into an Offer Letter pursuant to which Mr. Thimot will earn an annual salary of $325,000 with a bonus target at 50% of the base salary (pro-rated for 2021) upon terms to be agreed with the Compensation Committee for 2021 and on the understanding that the 2022 target will include a requirement of the Company achieving three times the annual revenue of 2021. Additionally, Mr. Thimot was granted an option to acquire 150,000 shares of common stock at an exercise price of $62.40 per share for a term of ten years of which half of the options vest monthly over four years and the balance is subject to certain performance vesting requirements.

Mr. Thimot resigned upon the appointment of Mr. Daguro as Chief Executive Officer on March 23, 2023. On March 23, 2023, the Company and Thomas Thimot entered into a Confidential Separation Agreement and General Release for the purposes of separation of Mr. Thimot from the Company as Chief Executive Officer and an employee by mutual consent and settling, compromising, and resolving all claims between them. Mr. Thimot’s resignation was effective March 23, 2023. In addition to the Company paying all accrued but unpaid salary and providing reimbursement for all outstanding expenses, the Company has agreed to pay Mr. Thimot $325,000 which shall be deferred until the earlier of April 1, 2025 and a change of control of the Company. Mr. Thimot will also be eligible for certain health benefits. The exercise period with respect to Mr. Thimot’s stock option to acquire 32,812 shares of common stock at an exercise price of $62.40 per share was extended through March 23, 2027. All unvested grants or other equity awards lapsed and are no longer exercisable as of the separation date.

On June 14, 2021, Mr. Smith and the Company entered an into an Offer Letter pursuant to which Mr. Smith earned an annual salary of $275,000 with a bonus target at 50% of the base salary (pro-rated for 2021) upon terms to be agreed with the Compensation Committee for 2021. In addition, Mr. Smith will receive a bonus of $50,000 after 90 days of service. Additionally. Mr. Smith was granted an option to acquire 75,000 shares of common stock at an exercise price of $62.40 per share for a term of ten years of which half of the options vest monthly over four years and the balance is subject to certain performance vesting requirements. On February 15, 2023, Mr. Smith ceased to be an employee, and the President and Chief Technology Officer of the Company.

The Company also entered an Executive Retention Agreement with Mr. Smith, pursuant to which the Company agreed to provide specified severance and bonus amounts and provide certain other financial benefits and to extend the exercise period on his equity awards upon termination upon a change of control or an involuntary termination, as each term is defined in the agreement. Following his separation from employment on April 19, 2023, the Company and Mr. Smith entered into a General Release under the terms of his Executive Retention Agreement and separation payments in the aggregate amount of $275,000 were duly paid, in accordance with its terms. All unvested grants or other equity awards lapsed and are no longer exercisable as of the separation date.

Mr. Rhoniel A. Daguro, a director of the Company, was hired as Chief Executive Officer of the Company in consideration of an initial annual salary of $400,000. Mr. Daguro will be eligible for an annual target bonus of up to $375,000 based on performance milestones. For the period ending March 31, 2024, a bonus amount of $75,000 shall be payable upon the Company achieving increments of $1,000,000 in total contract value of all customer agreements less

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claw backs (“Bookings”) up to an aggregate of $5,000,000 in Bookings. Mr. Daguro has earned a bonus of $225,000 in 2023 for non-equity incentive compensation based on Bookings in 2023. For subsequent years, Mr. Daguro and the Compensation Committee of the Board will mutually agree as to the performance targets to earn for the annual bonus. Additionally, the Company provided Mr. Daguro with an initial grant of options (“Initial Grant”) to purchase 306,875 shares of common stock for a period of ten years vesting subject to achievement of performance and service conditions, at an exercise price of $3.176 per share. Pursuant to his offer letter the Company granted Mr. Daguro additional options to acquire 183,125 shares of common stock for a period of ten years vesting subject to achievement of performance and service conditions (the “Additional Grant”) at an exercise price of $5.48 per share. The aggregate grant date fair market value of the option grants was $1,185,100.

The Company also entered an Executive Retention Agreement with Mr. Daguro, pursuant to which the Company agreed to provide specified severance and bonus amounts and to accelerate the vesting on his equity awards upon termination upon a change of control or an involuntary termination, as each term is defined in the agreement. In the event of a termination upon a change of control or an involuntary termination, Mr. Daguro is entitled to receive an amount equal to 100% of his base salary, the actual bonus earned but unpaid for the previous year and any bonus that was earned but unpaid prior to the termination date. Further, upon termination upon a change of control or an involuntary termination, the Company will reimburse Mr. Daguro for the cost of continuation of health coverage for Mr. Daguro and his eligible dependents pursuant to COBRA until the earlier of 12 months following the termination date, the date Mr. Daguro and his dependents are eligible for health coverage from a new employer or the date Mr. Daguro and his eligible dependents are no longer eligible for COBRA.

Thomas R. Szoke, a director of the Company agreed to serve as Chief Technology Officer of the Company on April 12, 2023 in consideration of an initial annual salary of $250,000. Mr. Szoke received an initial signing bonus of $20,833 and will be eligible for an annual target bonus of up to $200,000 based on performance milestones. For the period ending March 31, 2024, a bonus amount of $40,000 shall be payable upon the Company achieving increments of $1,000,000 in total contract value of all customer agreements less claw backs (“Bookings”) up to an aggregate of $5,000,000 in Bookings. Mr. Szoke has earned a bonus of $120,000 in 2023 for non-equity incentive compensation based on Bookings in 2023. For subsequent years, Mr. Szoke and the Compensation Committee of the Board will mutually agree as to the performance targets to earn for the annual bonus.

The vesting criteria of Mr. Szoke’s Stock Options to acquire 12,500 shares of common stock previously granted to Mr. Szoke on March 14, 2023 (the “Original Grant”) were amended pursuant to an Amended and Restated Stock Non-Statutory Option Agreement providing for vesting subject to achievement of performance and service conditions. All other terms of the Original Grant were not changed. On June 28, 2023, the Company made an additional grant of options to Mr. Szoke to acquire 50,000 shares of common stock at the exercise price of $5.48 per share for a period of ten years vesting subject to achievement of performance and service conditions. The aggregate grant date fair market value of the option grants was $182,000.

The Company also entered an Executive Retention Agreement with Mr. Szoke, pursuant to which the Company agreed to provide specified severance and bonus amounts and to accelerate the vesting on his equity awards upon termination upon a change of control or an involuntary termination, as each term is defined in the agreement. In the event of a termination upon a change of control or an involuntary termination, Mr. Szoke is entitled to receive an amount equal to 100% of his base salary, the actual bonus earned but unpaid for the previous year and any bonus that was earned but unpaid prior to the termination date. Further, upon termination upon a change of control or an involuntary termination, the Company will reimburse Mr. Szoke for the cost of continuation of health coverage for Mr. Szoke and his eligible dependents pursuant to COBRA until the earlier of 12 months following the termination date, the date Mr. Szoke and his dependents are eligible for health coverage from a new employer or the date Mr. Szoke and his eligible dependents are no longer eligible for COBRA.

In April 2022, the Company appointed Joe Trelin as an additional independent director. The Company granted Mr. Trelin options to acquire 12,612 shares of common stock or a total of $270,000 at an exercise price of $25.04 per share for a term of ten years that vest one third per year after each Annual Meeting.

In September 2022 the Company granted additional options to acquire 4,371 shares of common stock each at an exercise price of $24.24 per share, to six of the non-employee Directors, by way of annual compensation under the Company’s compensation policy for non-employee directors, which vest monthly over a one-year-period.

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In March 2023 Mr. Broenniman, Mr. Gorriz, Mr. Kumnick. Ms. Patel and Mr. Thimot resigned as directors of the Company. Upon their resignation 6,327 of Mr. Broenniman’s options and 19,278 of Mr. Kumnick’s options previously awarded to them for service as non-management directors were cancelled by agreement, or lapsed in accordance with their terms. 5,154 and 4,981 options respectively previously granted to Mr. Gorriz and Ms. Patel lapsed on their resignations, in accordance with their terms. Mr. Daguro, Mr. Jisser, Mr. Szoke and Mr. Thompson were appointed as additional directors and the size of the Board was reduced to seven. The Company granted to each of Mr. Jisser, and Mr. Thompson options to acquire 12,500 shares of common stock at an exercise price of $2.64 per share for a term of ten years that vest one third per year after each Annual Meeting.

In June 2023, the Company made a grant of options to each of Messrs. Koehneman and Trelin and to Ms. White to acquire 15,625 shares of common stock and to each of Messrs. Jisser and Thompson to acquire 3,125 shares of common stock. Each such option is at the exercise price of $5.48 per share, exercisable for a period of ten years, vesting over a period of twelve months.

In December 2023 the Company made a grant of options to Mr. Sellitto to acquire 7,000 shares of common stock and to Mr. Szoke to acquire 5,000 shares of common stock. Each such option is at the exercise price of $9.25 per share, exercisable for a period of ten years, vesting over a period of twelve months.

On March 25, 2024, Mr. Mehta was appointed as a member of the Board of Directors of the Company. On March 25, 2024, Mr. Mehta entered into a letter agreement with the Company pursuant to which he was appointed as a director of the Company in consideration of (a) an initial equity award of an option to purchase 12,500 shares of common stock (“Shares”), subject to annual vesting of one-third of the Shares over three years on the date of each Annual Meeting commencing with the 2025 Annual Meeting; (b) an initial equity award of an option to purchase 782 Shares, subject to monthly vesting of one-third of the Shares over three months following the date of appointment; (c) commencing following the Company’s 2024 Annual Meeting, assuming Mr. Mehta is re-elected to office, an annual equity award in such amount as is determined by the Board to be the annual award for each non-employee director, subject to vesting over twelve months; and (d) cash compensation of $2,000 per quarter (or $2,500 per quarter for committee chairs), payable quarterly in arrears. As of March 25, 2024, the Company was in a closed period for issuance of its securities to insiders and, as a result, the grants will be made and will be priced on the third trading day after the announcement of the Company’s results for the first quarter of 2024.

Commercial Agreements

On June 6, 2023, the Company entered into a services agreement with The Pipeline Group, Inc. (“TPG”). Ken Jisser, a director of the Company, is the founder and CEO of TPG, a technology-enabled services company that aims to deliver business results for companies looking to build a predictable and profitable pipeline. The agreement provides that TPG will assist in providing outsourced sales including business development resources for outbound calling, provide support for automated dialing technology, classify customer data and other sales related services for an initial term of one year. On October 25, 2023, and on December 19, 2023, the Company entered into amendments to the above services agreement, pursuant to which TPG will provide certain additional services to the Company. In consideration of the services, the Company will pay TPG $98,000 per month during the remainder of the initial one-year term. During the period from June 6 through December 31, 2023 the Company paid TPG a total of $398,000. As of December 31, 2023 the Company had a balance of $84,000 in Accounts Payable related to amounts owed to TPG under the payment terms of this agreement.

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ACTIONS TO BE TAKEN AT THE MEETING

PROPOSAL NO. 1

PROPOSAL FOR ELECTION OF SEVEN DIRECTORS

At this year’s Annual Meeting, the Board of Directors proposes that the nominees listed below be elected to hold office until the next annual meeting of stockholders and until their successors are duly elected and qualified. All of the nominees are currently serving as directors. All nominees have consented to being named in this Proxy Statement and to serve if elected.

Assuming a quorum is present, the seven nominees receiving the highest number of affirmative votes of shares entitled to be voted for such persons will be elected as directors of the Company to hold office until the next annual meeting of stockholders and until their successors are duly elected and qualified. Unless marked otherwise, proxies received will be voted “FOR” the election of the nominees named below. In the event that additional persons are nominated for election as directors, the proxy holders intend to vote all proxies received by them in such a manner as will ensure the election of the nominees listed below, and, in such event, the specific nominees to be voted for will be determined by the proxy holders.

Information With Respect to Director Nominees

Listed below are the nominees for election to our Board with information showing the principal occupation or employment of the nominees for director, the principal business of the corporation or other organization in which such occupation or employment is carried on, and such nominees’ business experience during the past five years. Such information has been furnished to the Company by the director nominees.

Name

 

Age

 

Position

Rhoniel A. Daguro(2)

 

49

 

Director and Chief Executive Officer

Ken Jisser

 

46

 

Director

Michael L. Koehneman*(1)(2)(4)

 

63

 

Director

Kunal Mehta(3)

 

55

 

Director

Thomas R. Szoke

 

59

 

Director and Chief Technology Officer

Michael C. Thompson(2)(3)

 

63

 

Director

Jacqueline L. White*(1)(3)

 

60

 

Director

____________

*        denotes Committee Chair

(1)      Audit Committee

(2)      Governance Committee

(3)      Compensation Committee

(4)      Lead Independent Director

Rhoniel A. Daguro

Mr. Daguro joined our company as a director on March 9 2023 and was appointed CEO on March 23, 2023. He has over 20 years of sales, marketing, technology, and venture capital experience. He has built multiple profitable software and professional services firms. Most recently, from 2018 to 2022, he served as the Chief Revenue Officer of Socure Inc. Prior to that, Mr. Daguro held various executive sales positions with Persistent Systems, Hortonworks, and Oracle.

Mr. Daguro has over 20 years of management and sales experience in the technology industry, with particular experience in identity verification and authentication. This experience provides our Board of Directors with a valuable perspective regarding the industry in which the Company operates, management, sales and strategy.

Ken Jisser

Mr. Jisser joined authID on March 9, 2023. He is the Founder & CEO of The Pipeline Group, Inc., a technology-enabled services company that aims to deliver business results for companies looking to build predictable and profitable pipeline. Mr. Jisser founded the company in his garage in 2017, and it reached #415 among the fastest growing private companies in America, according to Inc. Magazine rankings published in 2021. Prior to that, Mr. Jisser served as GTM Advisor at Druva Inc., where he rebuilt the global inside sales team.

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Mr. Jisser has over 20 years of management, entrepreneurial and sales experience in the technology industry. This experience provides our Board of Directors with a valuable perspective regarding management, operations, sales and strategy.

Michael L. Koehneman

Mr. Koehneman joined our company as a Director on June 9, 2021. Mr. Koehneman previously held various positions at Pricewaterhouse Coopers, a global accounting firm, through 2020, including the Global Advisory Chief Operating Officer and Human Capital Leader from 2016 through 2019, the U.S. Advisory Operations Leader from 2005 through 2016 responsible for the oversight of Advisory services for PwC, including business unit performance, finance, investments, human resources, acquisitions, and administration, and the Lead Engagement Partner for Financial Statement Audits and Internal Control and Security Reviews from 1993 through 2004 for several public and private company audits. Since 2020 he has also served as a director and member of the Audit Committee of Aspen Group, Inc.

Mr. Koehneman brings over 30 years’ experience working as a CPA and consultant to public and private companies. This accounting and financial expertise provides our Board of Directors with valuable insight regarding audit and financial matters, as well as corporate governance and management.

Kunal Mehta

Mr. Mehta has over 25 years of experience building value-creation programs for private equity firms and industry experience scaling global revenue operations, marketing, and sales programs for several of the biggest names in the technology space. Since 2022, he is an Expert Partner at Boston, Massachusetts-based Bain & Company, working with a number of Private Equity firms to accelerate Go To Market (GTM) value creation. Between Sept 2019 and March 2022, he built the Go To Market (GTM) Center of Excellence at Menlo Park, CA-based Technology Crossover Ventures (TCV). In these roles, he developed the GTM strategy that led to more efficient account targeting, demand generation, sales process, faster speed-to-market, significantly higher NPS scores, and the development of a podcast with some of the best operators in the software industry. From September 2018 to March 2019, Mr. Mehta worked at Druva, a private equity backed portfolio company as VP of Sales Strategy and Operations. Mr. Mehta was originally recruited from a Vista Equity company Infoblox (August 2016 to September 2018), where he led the implementation of several Vista operating processes, including interlocking with key Vista Execs and board members. Previously, as Director, Global Sales Enablement for VMware End-User Computing, Mr. Mehta implemented the business unit’s enablement platform from the ground up to a model program replicated across other VMware businesses. Earlier, as Director, Global Enablement for data integrity software company Informatica, Mr. Mehta turned around an inefficient sales accreditation process and developed scalable enablement programs and tools to address skills gaps and eliminate sales tool redundancies. Mr. Mehta began his management career at Hewlett-Packard, progressing through a series of solutions, marketing, and enablement roles with increasing responsibility. He created the first effective enablement model to support programs delivered to sales, presales, and partners and transformed the training content to focus on consultative sales over product functionality. Mr. Mehta earned his MBA in Management of Information Systems, BA in Economics from The George Washington University in Washington, DC, and MHS in Health Finance & Management from Johns Hopkins.

Mr. Mehta brings over 25 years’ experience serving as an advisor and executive officer in the software industry focusing on sales in addition to experience in the private equity industry. This experience, provides our Board of Directors with important insight regarding the sales and operational matters.

Thomas R. Szoke

Mr. Thomas Szoke is a co-founder of AuthID and has over 35 years of executive management, solutions engineering, and operations management experience in Government Security, Identity Access Management and SaaS solutions industries. He rejoined the Company as a Director on March 9, 2023 and as Chief Technology Officer on April 12, 2023. Mr. Szoke previously served as a Director and the Company’s Chief Solutions Architect and has held several other executive positions since its inception, from 2013 through 2021. He has also expanded the Company’s market presence and product portfolio through technological innovation and global strategic partnerships. Mr. Szoke has been issued several US and international patents focused on identity solutions and has pioneered the concept and development of different product lines for the Company including its Multi-Factor Out-of-Band Identity and Transaction Authentication Platform. From 2021 to 2023, he was an independent consultant for the Company and others.

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Mr. Szoke’s business management experience, his engineering knowledge, his knowledge of the Company and the identity verification and authentication industry, and his experience in developing strategy and strategic alliances provides our Board of Directors with valuable insight and experience.

Michael C. Thompson

Mr. Thompson joined the Company as a Director on March 9, 2023. He has over 38 years of domestic and international experience in publicly traded and private equity backed consumer and commercial businesses. Since 2022, Mr. Thompson has been a partner at Hemingway Capital, an operationally focused private equity firm. Previously, he served as Chief Executive Officer for companies in the bedding (Corsicana Mattress from 2018 to 2022), polyurethane foam and pet products industries and was an operating executive for two leading middle-market private equity firms. Mr. Thompson has also held executive positions with Rubbermaid Commercial Products, Merillat Industries, a division of Masco Corporation, and Black+Decker, and began his career with Sunbeam Appliance Company.

Mr. Thompson brings over 30 years’ experience serving as an executive officer in the products industry in addition to experience in the private equity industry. This experience, provides our Board of Directors with important insight regarding the capital markets and the Company’s fund raising needs, as well as operational matters.

Jacqueline L. White

Ms. White joined our company as a Director on June 9, 2021. Ms. White has been a leader in enterprise technology software and IT consulting for the past 25 years. Ms. White has held global positions at SAP, Oracle, and Accenture, always leading diverse, high performing organizations around the world. After leading the Banking & Capital Markets line of business of DXC Technology Co. (NYSE: DXC) as Senior Vice President and Practice Lead from September 2019 to January 2021, Ms. White joined in January 2021 the Executive Management Team of Temenos AG (Six: TEMN), a company specializing in enterprise software for banks and financial services, as the President of the Americas Region. From January 2018 through September 2019, Ms. White served as the Chief Revenue Officer of Saltstack, a VM Ware Company, and from January 2015 through January 2018 as Global Senior Vice President Global FSI Consulting for SAP (NYSE: SAP). Prior to joining SAP, Ms. White held various positions with Accenture Services Pvt. Ltd., Oracle, BearingPoint and Novell. Ms. White was named by Utah Business Magazine as “Top Executives to Watch” in July 2020. Ms. White received a BA in Comparative Literature from Brigham Young University and a Leadership Certificate from Boston University.

Ms. White brings over 20 years of experience as a business leader in technology companies and international businesses. This experience, provides our Board of Directors with a valuable perspective regarding corporate management, technology operations and strategy.

Required Vote

The election of the directors of the Company requires the affirmative vote of a plurality of the shares of the Company’s common stock present in person or represented by Proxy at the Annual Meeting, which will be the nominees receiving the largest number of votes, which may or may not constitute a majority.

RECOMMENDATION OF THE BOARD FOR PROPOSAL NO. 1:

THE BOARD RECOMMENDS A VOTE FOR THE ELECTION OF ALL THE NOMINEES DESCRIBED ABOVE.

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PROPOSAL NO. 2

RATIFICATION OF THE APPOINTMENT OF INDEPENDENT AUDITORS

The aggregate fees incurred for each of the last two years for professional services rendered by Cherry Bekaert LLP, the independent registered public accounting firm (PCAOB ID 00677) or the audit of the Company’s annual financial statements included in the Company’s Form 10-K and review of financial statements for its quarterly reports (Form 10-Q) are reported below.

The total fees billed by Cherry Bekaert, LLP in 2023 aggregated $243,164 which includes fees for the audit of financial statements and review of the quarterly financial statements for 2023. Additionally, the Company paid Cherry Bekaert, LLP $33,164 for services associated with the filing of the Company’s S-1 and Prospectus Supplements.

The total fees billed by Cherry Bekaert, LLP in 2022 aggregated $250,500 which includes fees for the audit of financial statements and review of the quarterly financial statements for 2022. Additionally, the Company paid Cherry Bekaert, LLP $2,500 for services associated with the filing of the Company’s S-3.

The Audit Committee by its Charter pre-approves all audit services to be provided to the Company, whether provided by the principal auditor or other firms, and all other services (review, attest and non-audit) to be provided to the Company by the independent auditor. The Audit Committee approved the services rendered for the audit of the financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2023 and December 31, 2022 in addition to the services rendered for the filing of the quarterly financial statements on Form 10-Q in 2023 and 2022.

 

Audit

 

Taxes

 

Filings

 

Accounting

 

$’s in 000’s
Total

2023

 

$

210.0

 

$

 

$

33.2

 

$

 

$

243.2

2022

 

$

248.0

 

$

 

$

2.5

 

$

 

$

250.5

The current policy of the directors, acting via the Audit Committee, is to approve the appointment of the principal auditing firm and any permissible audit-related services. The audit and audit related fees include fees for the annual audit of the financial statements and review of financial statements included in 10K and 10Q filings.

Required Vote

The ratification of the appointment of the Company’s independent auditors requires the receipt of the affirmative vote of a majority of the shares of the Company’s common stock present in person or by proxy and cast for this specific item.

RECOMMENDATION OF THE BOARD FOR PROPOSAL NO. 2:

THE BOARD RECOMMENDS A VOTE FOR RATIFICATION OF APPOINTMENT OF CHERRY BEKAERT LLP AS OUR INDEPENDENT AUDITORS FOR THE YEAR ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2024.

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PROPOSAL NO. 3

APPROVAL OF AN AMENDMENT TO THE COMPANY’S AMENDED AND RESTATED CERTIFICATE OF INCORPORATION TO DECREASE THE NUMBER OF AUTHORIZED SHARES OF COMMON STOCK FROM 250,000,000 TO 150,000,000

The Board of Directors has approved and is requesting stockholder approval to amend the Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation to decrease the number of authorized shares of common stock from 250,000,000 to 150,000,000.

Reason for the Authorized Share Decrease

The Board of Directors believes that the reduction in the number of authorized shares of common stock will reduce certain of our costs, in particular annual franchise taxes paid to the State of Delaware. In addition, the Board of Directors believes that we will need fewer authorized shares of Common Stock to meet our projected capital stock needs for capital-raising transactions, issuance of equity-based compensation and, to the extent opportunities may arise in the future, strategic transactions that may involve our issuance of stock-based consideration.

In the event that we need to increase our authorized shares of common stock in the future, we may, subject to stockholder approval, seek to amend the Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation, as amended, to increase the number of authorized shares of common stock.

The Board of Directors believes that the Authorized Share Decrease Proposal will appropriately balance the needs for available shares for capital raising, strategic transactions, and equity incentive awards with the desire to avoid having an unreasonably high number of authorized shares and payment of excess franchise taxes. The Board of Directors believes that the size of the remaining available shares is appropriate to provide for our long-term needs and is in line with most similarly situated companies.

Effects of the Amendment

The Authorized Share Decrease (if it is approved by our stockholders at the Annual Meeting) will not change any rights of any holder of common stock. Voting rights of the holders of the issued shares of common stock will remain the same.

The proposed amendment to the Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation would decrease the authorized shares of the common stock from 250,000,000 authorized shares of common stock to 150,000,000 authorized shares of common stock.

In implementing the Authorized Share Decrease, the Board of Directors intends to provide for an appropriate number of authorized shares of common stock available for future issuance. However, the proposed Authorized Share Decrease could have adverse effects. We will have less flexibility to issue shares of common stock, including in connection with a potential merger or acquisition, other strategic transaction or follow on offering if the number of authorized shares of the common stock is reduced.

In the event that our Board of Directors determines that it would be in the best interests of the Company and its stockholders to issue a number of shares of common stock in excess of the number of then authorized but unissued and unreserved shares, we would be required to seek the approval of our stockholders to increase the number of shares of authorized common stock. If we are not able to obtain the approval of our stockholders to increase the number of shares of authorized common in a timely manner, we may be unable to take advantage of opportunities that might otherwise be advantageous to us and our stockholders with respect to capital raising, hiring of key executive officers, strategic transactions or other matters.

Interests of Directors and Executive Officers

Our directors and executive officers have no substantial interests, directly or indirectly, in the matters set forth in this proposal except to the extent of their ownership of shares of our common stock.

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Vote Required

The affirmative vote of the holders of a majority of the outstanding shares of our common stock entitled to vote on the matter either in person or by proxy is required to approve the Certificate of Amendment to effectuate the Authorized Share Decrease. Abstentions and broker non-votes with respect to this proposal will be counted for purposes of establishing a quorum and, if a quorum is present, abstentions will have the same practical effect as a vote against this proposal.

THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS UNANIMOUSLY RECOMMENDS THAT STOCKHOLDERS VOTE “FOR” THE APPROVAL OF THE AUTHORIZED SHARE DECREASE PROPOSAL, AND PROXIES SOLICITED BY THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS WILL BE VOTED IN FAVOR OF THE AMENDMENT UNLESS A STOCKHOLDER INDICATES OTHERWISE.

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PROPOSAL NO. 4

APPROVAL AND RATIFICATION OF THE ADOPTION OF THE 2024 EQUITY INCENTIVE PLAN AND THE AUTHORIZATION OF 395,000 SHARES OF COMMON STOCK FOR ISSUANCE UNDER THE 2024 EQUITY INCENTIVE PLAN

At the Annual Meeting, the Company’s stockholders are being asked to approve and ratify the adoption of the 2024 Equity Incentive Plan (the “2024 Plan”) and the authorization of 395,000 shares of common stock for issuance under the 2024 Plan. The following is a summary of principal features of the 2024 Plan, which is not complete, and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the full text of the 2024 Plan, which is attached as Exhibit B to this Proxy Statement. Readers should review the 2024 Plan for a complete understanding of the terms and conditions associated with this proposal.

General

The 2024 Plan was adopted by the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors has reserved 395,000 shares of common stock for issuance under the 20214Plan as well as (a) the balance of the shares which were not allocated to awards under the Company’s 2021 Equity Incentive Plan (the “2021 Incentive Plan”) and (b) any shares which are forfeited or cancelled under awards granted under the 2021 Equity Incentive Plan, or other prior or subsequent compensation plans, or otherwise, shall become available for issuance under the 2024 Plan. Under the 2024 Plan, options may be granted which are intended to qualify as Incentive Stock Options (“ISOs”) under Section 422 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (the “Code”) or which are not (“Non-ISOs”) intended to qualify as Incentive Stock Options thereunder. Other types of equity awards may also be granted under the Plan including but not limited to restricted stock, restricted stock units, and stock appreciation rights, which together with the ISO’s and Non-ISO’s are hereinafter collectively referred to as “Awards”.

The 2024 Plan is not a qualified deferred compensation plan under Section 401(a) of the Internal Revenue Code and is not subject to the provisions of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (“ERISA”).

Purpose

The primary purpose of the 2024 Incentive Plan is to attract and retain the best available personnel for the Company in order to promote the success of the Company’s business and to facilitate the ownership of the Company’s stock by employees. Since the launch of the 2021 Incentive Plan the Company has issued Non-ISO’s under the 2021 Plan, as well as Awards outside of the 2021 Plan as Incentive Grants to new employees pursuant to Nasdaq Rule 5635(c)(4) and following terminations and hires since the beginning of 2023 are approximately [1,886,000] shares outstanding under Awards granted under the all previous plans. Of those, approximately 880,000 Options have an exercise price in excess of $10.00 per share with approximately 837,000 priced in excess of $15.00 per share. Following the Company’s management reorganization in the first quarter of 2023 and the anticipated increase in business that the Company is seeking, the Company has hired and will need to hire additional personnel in order to support that business. Accordingly, on [    ], 2024 the Board, acting through its Compensation Committee resolved, subject to ratification by the stockholders, (1) To adopt the 2024 Plan and to seek authorization of 395,000 shares of common stock for issuance under the 2024 Plan. If the 2024 Plan is adopted there will be a total of 395,000 shares reserved for issuance under the 2024 Plan and no further Awards may be granted under the 2021 Incentive Plan.

In the event that the proposed 2024 Incentive Plan is not approved by the Company, the Company may have considerable difficulty in attracting and retaining qualified personnel, officers, directors and consultants. As present, our board of directors has no immediate plans, arrangements or understandings to issue awards under the 2024 Plan, except for the options to be granted under the non-management Director compensation plans referenced above and [30,000] options agreed to be granted to new hires.

Administration

The 2024 Plan is administered by the Board or by a committee of the Board that may be designated by the Board to administer the Plan, composed of not less than two members of the Board all of whom are disinterested persons, as contemplated by Rule 16b-3 promulgated under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”). All questions of interpretation of the 2024 Plan are determined by the Board or such Committee, and its decisions are final and binding upon all participants.

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Eligibility

Under the 2024 Plan, equity grants may be granted to employees, officers, directors or consultants of the Company, as provided in the 2024 Plan. As of [April 20], 2024, approximately 32 employees (including three executive officers), five non-employee board members and 7 consultants are eligible to participate in the 2024 Plan.

Terms of Awards

The terms of Awards granted under the Plan shall be contained in an agreement between the participant and the Company and such terms shall be determined by the Board of Directors consistent with the provisions of the Plan. The terms of Awards may or not require a performance condition in order to vest the equity comprised in the relevant Award. The terms of each Option granted under the Plan shall be contained in a stock option agreement between the Optionee and the Company and such terms shall be determined by the Board of Directors consistent with the provisions of the Plan, including the following:

(a)     PURCHASE PRICE.    The purchase price of the Common Shares subject to each ISO shall not be less than the fair market value (as set forth in the 2024 Plan), or in the case of the grant of an ISO to a Principal Stockholder, not less that 110% of fair market value of such Common Shares at the time such Option is granted. The purchase price of the Common Shares subject to each Non-ISO shall be determined at the time such Option is granted, but in no case less than 100% of the fair market value of such Common Shares at the time such Option is granted.

(b)    VESTING.    The dates on which each Option (or portion thereof) shall be exercisable and the conditions precedent to such exercise, if any, shall be fixed by the Committee, in its discretion, at the time such Option is granted.

(c)     EXPIRATION.    The expiration of each Option shall be fixed by the Committee, in its discretion, at the time such Option is granted; however, unless otherwise determined by the Committee at the time such Option is granted, an Option shall be exercisable for ten (10) years after the date on which it was granted (the “Grant Date”). Each Option shall be subject to earlier termination as expressly provided in the 2024 Plan or as determined by the Committee, in its discretion, at the time such Option is granted.

(d)    TRANSFERABILITY.    No Option shall be transferable, except by will or the laws of descent and distribution, and any Option may be exercised during the lifetime of the Optionee only by him. No Option granted under the Plan shall be subject to execution, attachment or other process.

(e)     OPTION ADJUSTMENTS.    The aggregate number and class of shares as to which Options may be granted under the Plan, the number and class shares covered by each outstanding Option and the exercise price per share thereof (but not the total price), and all such Options, shall each be proportionately adjusted for any increase decrease in the number of issued Common Shares resulting from split-up spin-off or consolidation of shares or any like Capital adjustment or the payment of any stock dividend.

Except as otherwise provided in the 2024 Plan, or by resolution of the Directors, any Option granted hereunder shall terminate in the event of a merger, consolidation, acquisition of property or stock, separation, reorganization or liquidation of the Company. However, the Optionee shall have the right immediately prior to any such transaction to exercise his Option in whole or in part notwithstanding any otherwise applicable vesting requirements, unless the entity which is the successor entity offers the Optionee substitute Awards to replace the Company Options which shall terminate.

(f)     TERMINATION, MODIFICATION AND AMENDMENT.    The 2024 Plan (but not Awards previously granted under the Plan) shall terminate ten (10) years from the earlier of the date of its adoption by the Board of Directors or the date on which the Plan is approved by the affirmative vote of the holders of a majority of the outstanding shares of capital stock of the Company entitled to vote thereon, and no Award shall be granted after termination of the Plan. Subject to certain restrictions, the Plan may at any time be terminated and from time to time be modified or amended by the affirmative vote of the holders of a majority of the outstanding shares of the capital stock of the Company present, or represented, and entitled to vote at a meeting duly held in accordance with the applicable laws of the State of Delaware.

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Restrictions on Resale

Certain officers and directors of the Company may be deemed to be “affiliates” of the Company as that term is defined under the Securities Act. The common stock acquired under the 2024 Incentive Plan may be reoffered or resold only pursuant to an effective registration statement, which the Company intends to file assuming this proposal is approved by the shareholders, or pursuant to Rule 144 under the Securities Act or another exemption from the registration requirements of the Securities Act.

Required Vote

The affirmative vote of a majority of shares of common stock present in person or represented by proxy at the meeting and cast on this proposal is required for the approval of the authorization of an additional 395,000 shares of common stock for issuance under the 2024 Plan.

RECOMMENDATION

THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS UNANIMOUSLY RECOMMENDS THAT YOU VOTE “FOR” APPROVAL OF THE AUTHORIZATION OF AN ADDITIONAL 395,000 SHARES OF COMMON STOCK FOR ISSUANCE UNDER THE AUTHID INC. 2024 EQUITY INVENTIVE PLAN.

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PROPOSAL NO. 5

NON-BINDING, ADVISORY VOTE TO APPROVE THE COMPENSATION OF
OUR NAMED EXECUTIVE OFFICERS

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the “Dodd-Frank Act”) requires the Company’s stockholders to have the opportunity to cast a non-binding, advisory vote to approve of the compensation disclosed in this Proxy Statement of the Company’s executive officers who are named above in the Summary Compensation Table (the “named executive officers”). The Company has disclosed the compensation of the named executive officers pursuant to rules adopted by the SEC.

Please read the “Executive Compensation” section beginning on page 16 for additional details about our executive compensation program, including information about the fiscal year 2023 compensation of our named executive officers. We believe that our compensation policies for the named executive officers are designed to attract, motivate and retain talented executive officers and are aligned with the long-term interests of the Company’s stockholders. This advisory stockholder vote, commonly referred to as a “say-on-pay vote,” gives you as a stockholder the opportunity to vote for or against approval of the compensation of the named executive officers that is disclosed in this Proxy Statement by voting on the following resolution (or by abstaining with respect to the resolution):

“RESOLVED, that the compensation paid to the Company’s named executive officers, as disclosed in the Company’s Proxy Statement with respect to the fiscal year end December 31, 2023 pursuant to Item 402 of Regulation S-K, including the Executive Compensation discussion, Summary Compensation and other tables and narrative discussion, is hereby APPROVED.”

Because your vote is advisory, it is not binding on either the Board of Directors or the Company. Although non-binding, the Board of Directors and the Compensation Committee value the opinions that stockholders express in their votes and will review the voting results and take them into consideration as they deem appropriate when making future decisions regarding our executive compensation program.

Required Vote

Adoption of the resolution requires the receipt of the affirmative vote of a majority of the shares of the Company’s common stock present in person or by proxy and voting at the Annual Meeting.

RECOMMENDATION OF THE BOARD FOR PROPOSAL NO. 5:

THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS RECOMMENDS THAT STOCKHOLDERS VOTE TO APPROVE
THE COMPENSATION DISCLOSED IN THIS PROXY STATEMENT OF THE
COMPANY’S EXECUTIVE OFFICERS.

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PROPOSAL 6

TO VOTE, ON AN ADVISORY BASIS, THE PREFERRED
FREQUENCY OF STOCKHOLDER ADVISORY VOTES ON EXECUTIVE
COMPENSATION, REFERRED TO AS “
SAY-ON-FREQUENCY”

Section 14A of the Securities Exchange Act also provides that stockholders must be given the opportunity to vote, on a non-binding, advisory basis, for their preference as to how frequently we should seek future advisory votes on the compensation of our Named Executive Officers, which we refer to as say-on-frequency. By voting with respect to this Proposal 6, stockholders may indicate whether they would prefer that we conduct future say-on-pay votes once every year, every two years or every three years. Stockholders, if they wish, also may abstain from casting a vote on this proposal.

After careful consideration, our Board of Directors has determined that a say-on-pay vote on executive compensation once every three years is the best approach for the Company, and therefore our Board recommends that you vote for a three-year interval between the say-on-pay votes.

Our Board of Directors recognizes the importance of stockholder input on executive compensation and has determined that a say-on-pay vote every three years will provide our stockholders with adequate input. The Board believes that a three-year vote cycle gives the Board sufficient time to thoughtfully consider the results of the advisory vote and implement any desired changes to our executive compensation policies and procedures, and will provide investors sufficient time to evaluate the effectiveness of our executive compensation program as it relates to the business outcomes of the Company. Finally, the three year interval will avoid the additional administrative burden on the Company of engaging in annual votes on executive compensation. Any stockholder who desires to provide input before the expiration of three years is welcome to contact the Board.

As with your vote on Proposal 5, your vote on this Proposal 6 is advisory, and therefore not binding on the Company, the Board of Directors or the Compensation Committee, and the Board may decide that it is in the best interests of our stockholders and the Company to hold an advisory vote on executive compensation more or less frequently than the option approved by our stockholders. However, our Board and our Compensation Committee value the opinions of our stockholders and we will take our stockholders’ preferences into account in making determinations regarding the frequency of the say-on-pay vote.

Required Vote

Adoption of the resolution requires the receipt of the affirmative vote of a majority of the shares of the Company’s common stock present in person or by proxy and voting at the Annual Meeting.

RECOMMENDATION OF THE BOARD FOR PROPOSAL NO. 6:

THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS RECOMMENDS THAT STOCKHOLDERS VOTE TO APPROVE THE SAY-ON-PAY ON EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION EVERY THREE YEARS

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OTHER MATTERS

The Board of Directors knows of no other business which will be presented at the Annual Meeting. If any other matters properly come before the meeting, the persons named in the enclosed Proxy, or their substitutes, will vote the shares represented thereby in accordance with their judgment on such matters.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Annual Reports on Form 10-K

Additional copies of authID’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2023 may be obtained without charge by writing to the Chief Financial Officer, authID Inc., 1580 North Logan Street, Suite 660, Unit 51767, Denver, CO 80203. authID’s Annual Report on Form 10-K can also be found on authID’s website: investors.authid.ai.

Stockholders Proposals for the 2025 Annual Meeting.

Stockholder proposals intended to be presented at the Company’s 2025 Annual Meeting must be received by the Company no later than January 16, 2025 (pursuant to Rule 14a-8 of the Exchange Act, 120 days before the anniversary of the prior year’s mailing date) to be eligible for inclusion in the Company’s proxy statement and form of proxy for next year’s meeting. However, if the date of the 2025 Annual Meeting of Stockholders is changed by more than 30 days from the date of the previous year’s meeting, then the deadline is a reasonable time before we begin to print and send our proxy statement for the 2025 Annual Meeting of Stockholders. We will disclose the new deadline by which stockholders proposals must be received under Item 5 of our earliest possible Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, or, if impracticable, by any means reasonably calculated to inform stockholders. SEC rules set standards for eligibility and specify the types of stockholder proposals that may be excluded from a proxy statement. Proposals should be addressed to authID Inc., Attn. Corporate Secretary, 1580 North Logan Street, Suite 660, Unit 51767, Denver, CO 80203.

Under Rule 14a-4(c) of the Exchange Act, our Board may exercise discretionary voting authority under proxies solicited by it with respect to any matter properly presented by a stockholder at the 2025 Annual Meeting of Stockholders that the stockholder does not seek to have included in our proxy statement if (except as described in the following sentence) the proxy statement discloses the nature of the matter and how our Board intends to exercise its discretion to vote on the matter, unless we are notified of the proposal on or before April 1, 2025 (pursuant to Rule 14a-4 of the Exchange Act, 45 days before the anniversary of the prior year’s mailing date) and the stockholder satisfies the other requirements of Rule 14a-4(c)(2). However, if the date of the 2025 Annual Meeting of Stockholders is changed by more than 30 days from the date of the previous year’s meeting, then the deadline is a reasonable time before we begin to print and send our proxy statement for the 2025 Annual Meeting of Stockholders. We will disclose the new deadline by which stockholders’ proposals must be received under Item 5 of our earliest possible Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, or, if impracticable, by any means reasonably calculated to inform stockholders. If we first receive notice of the matter after *April 1, 2025, and the matter nonetheless is permitted to be presented at the 2025 Annual Meeting of Stockholders, our Board may exercise discretionary voting authority with respect to the matter without including any discussion of the matter in the proxy statement for the meeting. We reserve the right to reject, rule out of order or take other appropriate action with respect to any proposal that does not comply with the requirements described above and other applicable requirements. Accordingly, with respect to the Company’s 2025 annual meeting of stockholders, notice must be provided to authID Inc., Attn. Corporate Secretary, 1580 North Logan Street, Suite 660, Unit 51767, Denver, CO 80203 no later than April 1, 2025. If a stockholder fails to provide timely notice of a proposal to be presented at the 2025 annual meeting, the chair of the meeting will declare it out of order and disregard any such matter.

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Proxy Solicitation Costs

The proxies being solicited hereby are being solicited by the Company. The Company will bear the entire cost of solicitation of proxies including preparation, assembly, printing and mailing of the Proxy Statement, the Proxy card and establishment of the Internet site hosting the proxy material. Copies of solicitation materials will be furnished to banks, brokerage houses, fiduciaries and custodians holding in their names shares of common stock beneficially owned by others to forward to such beneficial owners. Officers and regular employees of the Company may, but without compensation other than their regular compensation, solicit proxies by further mailing or personal conversations, or by telephone, telex, facsimile or electronic means. We will, upon request, reimburse brokerage firms and others for their reasonable expenses in forwarding solicitation material to the beneficial owners of stock.

 

By Order of the Board of Directors,

   

/s/ Rhoniel A. Daguro

   

Rhoniel A. Daguro

   

Chief Executive Officer

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Exhibit A — Form of Certificate of Amendment to the Articles of Incorporation, as amended

Exhibit B — 2024 Equity Incentive Plan

Exhibit C — Form of Proxy Card

 

Exhibit A

CERTIFICATE OF AMENDMENT OF THE

AMENDED AND RESTATED

CERTIFICATE OF INCORPORATION

OF

AUTHID INC.

authID Inc., a corporation organized and existing under the laws of the State of Delaware (the “Corporation”), does hereby certify that:

FIRST: The name of the Corporation is authID Inc. The Corporation filed its original Certificate of Incorporation with the Secretary of State of the State of Delaware on September 21, 2011, which was amended and restated by an Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation that was filed with the Secretary of State of the State of Delaware on April 20, 2021, as amended June 14, 2021, July 13, 2022, September 21, 2022 and June 26, 2023 (the “Restated Certificate”).

SECOND: Article Fourth — Capital Stock of the Restated Certificate is hereby deleted in its entirety and replaced by the following:

ARTICLE IV.

CAPITAL STOCK

1. The total number of shares of capital stock which the Corporation shall have authority to issue is One Hundred Seventy Million (170,000,000), of which (i) One Hundred Fifty Million (150,000,000) shares shall be common stock, par value $0.0001 per share (the “Common Stock”), and (ii) Twenty Million (20,000,000) shares shall be a class of as yet undesignated preferred stock, par value $0.0001 per share (the “Preferred Stock”). No fractional share shall be issued in connection with the foregoing combination. All fractional shares shall be rounded up to the next whole number of shares.

2. Except as otherwise provided in any certificate of designation of any series of Preferred Stock, the number of authorized shares of the class of Common Stock or Preferred Stock may from time to time be increased or decreased (but not below the number of shares of such class outstanding) by the affirmative vote of the holders of a majority in voting power of the outstanding shares of capital stock of the Corporation irrespective of the provisions of Section 242(b)(2) of the DGCL.

3. The powers, preferences and rights of, and the qualifications, limitations and restrictions upon, each class or series of stock shall as set forth below in, or be determined in accordance with, this Article IV.

A. COMMON STOCK

Subject to all the rights, powers and preferences of the Preferred Stock and except as provided by law or in this Certificate (or in any certificate of designation of any series of Preferred Stock):

(a) except as otherwise required by law and the provisions of this Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation, as amended from time to time and except as provided by the resolution or resolutions of the Board of Directors creating or amending any series of the Series Preferred Stock, the holders of the Common Stock shall have the exclusive right to vote for the election of directors of the Corporation (the “Directors”) and on all other matters requiring stockholder action, each outstanding share entitling the holder thereof to one vote on each matter properly submitted to the stockholders of the Corporation for their vote;

(b) dividends may be declared and paid or set apart for payment upon the Common Stock out of any assets or funds of the Corporation legally available for the payment of dividends, but only when and as declared by the Board of Directors or any authorized committee thereof; and

(c) subject to the requirements of law, this Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation, as amended from time to time, and the resolution or resolutions of the Board of Directors creating or modifying any series of the Series Preferred Stock, upon the voluntary or involuntary liquidation, dissolution or winding up of the Corporation, the net assets of the Corporation shall be distributed pro rata to the holders of the Common Stock.

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B. PREFERRED STOCK

1. The Board of Directors or any authorized committee thereof is expressly authorized, to the fullest extent permitted by law, to provide by resolution or resolutions for the issuance of the authorized but unissued shares of Preferred Stock in one or more series of such stock.

2. The Board of Directors or any authorized committee thereof is expressly authorized, to the fullest extent permitted by law, by authorizing the execution and filing a certificate of designation pursuant to Section 151 of the DGCL:

(a) to establish or change from time to time the number of shares of each such series; and

(b) to fix the designations, powers, including voting powers, full or limited, or no voting powers, preferences of the shares of each series; and

(c) to fix the relative, participating, optional or other special rights of the shares of each series generally and without limitation, with respect to dividends, with respect to the rights of the Preferred Stock and their relative priority to payments in the event of any liquidation, dissolution or winding up of the Corporation, and with respect to redemption or conversion; and

(d) to fix any qualifications, limitations and restrictions thereof,

all as set forth in any such certificate of designation.

THIRD: All other provisions of the Restated Certificate shall remain in full force and effect.

FOURTH: The foregoing amendment was duly adopted in accordance with the provisions of Section 242 of the Delaware General Corporation Law (“DGCL”).

FIFTH: This Certificate of Amendment has been duly approved by the stockholders of the Corporation at a meeting duly called and held in accordance with the applicable provisions of Section 211 of the DGCL.

SIXTH: This Certificate of Amendment shall be effective at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Time on ____ __, 2024.

[Remainder of Page Intentionally Left Blank]

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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the Corporation has caused this Certificate of Amendment to be executed by a duly authorized officer of the Corporation, on __________ __, 2024.

 

AUTHID INC.

   

By:

 

 

   

Name:

 

Rhoniel A. Daguro

   

Title:

 

Chief Executive Officer

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Exhibit B

AUTHID INC.
2024 EQUITY INCENTIVE PLAN

This AUTHID INC. 2024 Equity Incentive Plan (the “Plan”) is designed to retain directors, executives and selected employees and consultants and reward them for making major contributions to the success of the Company. These objectives are accomplished by making long-term incentive awards under the Plan thereby providing Participants with a proprietary interest in the growth and performance of the Company.

1.      Definitions.

(a)     Board” — The Board of Directors of the Company.

(b)    Cause” means (a) embezzlement or misappropriation of funds; (b) conviction of, or entry of a plea of nolo contendre to, a felony involving moral turpitude; (c) commission of material acts of dishonesty, fraud, or deceit; (d) breach of any material provisions of any employment agreement, confidentiality agreement or invention assignment agreement; (e) habitual or willful neglect of duties; (f) breach of fiduciary duty; or (g) material violation of any other duty whether imposed by law or the Board.

(c)     Code” — The Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended from time to time.

(d)    Committee” — The Compensation Committee of the Company’s Board, or such other committee of the Board that is designated by the Board to administer the Plan, composed of not less than two members of the Board who are disinterested persons, as contemplated by Rule 16b-3 (“Rule 16b-3”) promulgated under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”).

(e)     Company” — AUTHID INC. and its subsidiaries including subsidiaries of subsidiaries.

(f)     Exchange Act” — The Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended from time to time.

(g)    Fair Market Value” — The fair market value of the Company’s issued and outstanding Stock as determined in good faith by the Board or Committee.

(h)    Grant” — The grant of any form of Option, Stock Award, or Stock purchase offer, whether granted singly, in combination or in tandem, to a Participant pursuant to such terms, conditions and limitations as the Committee may establish in order to fulfill the objectives of the Plan.

(i)     Grant Agreement” — An agreement between the Company and a Participant that sets forth the terms, conditions and limitations applicable to a Grant.

(j)     Incentive Stock Option”– An Incentive Stock Option, granted in accordance with Section 422 of Code.

(k)    Option” — Either an Incentive Stock Option, in accordance with Section 422 of Code, or a Non-statutory Option, to purchase the Company’s Stock that may be awarded to a Participant under the Plan. A Participant who receives an award of an Option shall be referred to as an “Optionee.”

(l)     Participant” — A director, officer, employee or consultant of the Company to whom an Award has been made under the Plan.

(m)   Restricted Stock Purchase Offer” — A Grant of the right to purchase a specified number of shares of Stock pursuant to a written agreement issued under the Plan.

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(n)    Securities Act” — The Securities Act of 1933, as amended from time to time.

(o)    Stock” — Authorized and issued or unissued shares of common stock of the Company.

(p)    Stock Award” — A Grant made under the Plan in Stock, denominated in units of Stock or denominated in some other method reflecting an increase in value of Stock or some other security of the Company, for which the Participant is not obligated to pay additional consideration.

2.      Administration. The Plan shall be administered by the Board, provided however, that the Board may delegate such administration to the Committee. Subject to the provisions of the Plan, the Board and the Committee shall have authority to (a) grant, in its discretion, Incentive Stock Options in accordance with Section 422 of the Code, or Non-statutory Options, Stock Awards or Restricted Stock Purchase Offers; (b) determine in good faith the Fair Market Value of the Stock covered by any Grant; (c) determine which eligible persons shall receive Grants and the number of shares, restrictions, terms and conditions (including performance terms and conditions or market criteria) to be included in such Grants; (d) construe and interpret the Plan; (e) promulgate, amend and rescind rules and regulations relating to its administration, and correct defects, omissions and inconsistencies in the Plan or any Grant; (f) consistent with the Plan and with the consent of the Participant, as appropriate, amend any outstanding Grant, including the vesting conditions (or waiver of any vesting conditions) and the exercise date or dates thereof; (g) determine the duration and purpose of leaves of absence which may be granted to Participants without constituting termination of their employment for the purpose of the Plan or any Grant; and (h) make all other determinations necessary or advisable for the Plan’s administration. The interpretation and construction by the Board of any provisions of the Plan or selection of Participants shall be conclusive and final. No member of the Board or the Committee shall be liable for any action or determination made in good faith with respect to the Plan or any Grant made thereunder.

3.      Eligibility; Cancellation.

(a)     General: The persons who shall be eligible to receive Grants shall be directors, officers, employees or consultants to the Company. The term consultant shall mean any person, other than an employee, who is engaged by the Company to render services and is compensated for such services. An Optionee may hold more than one Option. Any issuance of a Grant to an officer or director of the Company subsequent to the first registration of any of the securities of the Company under the Exchange Act shall comply with the requirements of Rule 16b-3.

(b)    Incentive Stock Options: Incentive Stock Options may only be issued to employees of the Company. Incentive Stock Options may be granted to officers or directors, provided they are also employees of the Company. Payment of a director’s fee shall not be sufficient to constitute employment by the Company. The Company shall not grant an Incentive Stock Option under the Plan to any employee if such Grant would result in such employee holding the right to exercise for the first time in any one calendar year, under all Incentive Stock Options granted under the Plan or any other plan maintained by the Company, with respect to shares of Stock having an aggregate fair market value, determined as of the date of the Option is granted, in excess of $100,000. Should it be determined that an Incentive Stock Option granted under the Plan exceeds such maximum for any reason other than a failure in good faith to value the Stock subject to such option, the excess portion of such option shall be considered a Non-statutory Option. To the extent the employee holds two (2) or more such Options which become exercisable for the first time in the same calendar year, the foregoing limitation on the exercisability of such Option as Incentive Stock Options under the Federal tax laws shall be applied on the basis of the order in which such Options are granted. If, for any reason, an entire Option does not qualify as an Incentive Stock Option by reason of exceeding such maximum, such Option shall be considered a Non-statutory Option.

(c)     Non-statutory Option: The provisions of the foregoing Section 3(b) shall not apply to any Option designated as a “Non-statutory Option” or which sets forth the intention of the parties that the Option be a Non-statutory Option.

(d)    Stock Awards and Restricted Stock Purchase Offers: The provisions of Section 3(b) shall not apply to any Stock Award or Restricted Stock Purchase Offer under the Plan.

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(e)     Cancellation and Rescission of Grants. Unless an agreement with a Participant specifies otherwise, the Board or Committee, as applicable, may cancel any unexpired, unpaid, or deferred Grants at any time if the Participant is not in compliance with all other applicable provisions of their agreement pertaining to the Grant and/or the Plan, or any material provisions of any agreement entered with the Company including, but not limited to, any employment agreement, consulting agreement, confidentiality agreement or invention assignment agreement. Upon exercise, payment or delivery pursuant to a Grant, the Optionee or Participant shall certify on a form acceptable to the Board that he or she is in compliance with the terms and conditions of the Plan. Failure to comply with all of the provisions of this Section 3(e) prior to, or during the six months after, any exercise, payment or delivery pursuant to a Grant shall cause such exercise, payment or delivery to be rescinded. The Company shall notify the Optionee or Participant in writing of any such rescission within two years after such exercise, payment or delivery. Within ten days after receiving such a notice from the Company, the Optionee or Participant shall pay to the Company the amount of any gain realized or payment received as a result of the rescinded exercise, payment or delivery pursuant to a Grant. Such payment shall be made either in cash or by returning to the Company the number of shares of Stock that the Optionee or Participant received in connection with the rescinded exercise, payment or delivery.

4.      Stock.

(a)     Authorized Stock: Stock subject to Grants may be either unissued or reacquired Stock.

(b)    Number of Shares: Subject to adjustment as provided in Section 5(i) of the Plan, the total number of shares of Stock which may be purchased or granted directly by Options, Stock Awards or Restricted Stock Purchase Offers, or purchased indirectly through exercise of Options granted under the Plan shall not exceed the aggregate of (i) 395,000, and (ii) such number of shares of Stock which are allocated to awards granted under other compensation plans (or outside of any such plan), which are cancelled, forfeited, repurchased, or lapse after the effective date of this Plan and which shall thereafter become available for Grants under the Plan, and (iii) such number of shares of Stock that are available for awards under the Company’s 2021 Equity Incentive Plan but which are not allocated to any award or grant under such plan as of the date of approval of the Plan b the stockholders and which shall thereafter become available for Grants under the Plan. If any Grant shall for any reason terminate or expire, any shares allocated thereto but remaining unpurchased upon such expiration or termination shall again be available for Grants with respect thereto under the Plan as though no Grant had previously occurred with respect to such shares. Any shares of Stock issued pursuant to a Grant and repurchased pursuant to the terms thereof shall be available for future Grants as though not previously covered by a Grant.

(c)     Reservation of Shares: The Company shall reserve and keep available at all times during the term of the Plan such number of shares as shall be sufficient to satisfy the requirements of the Plan. If, after reasonable efforts, which efforts shall not include the registration of the Plan or Grants under the Securities Act, the Company is unable to obtain authority from any applicable regulatory body, which authorization is deemed necessary by legal counsel for the Company for the lawful issuance of shares hereunder, the Company shall be relieved of any liability with respect to its failure to issue and sell the shares for which such requisite authority was so deemed necessary unless and until such authority is obtained.

(d)    Application of Funds: The proceeds received by the Company from the sale of Stock pursuant to the exercise of Options or rights under any Restricted Stock Purchase Offer will be used for general corporate purposes.

(e)     No Obligation to Exercise: The issuance of a Grant shall impose no obligation upon the Participant to exercise any rights under such Grant.

5.      Terms and Conditions of Options. Options granted hereunder shall be evidenced by agreements between the Company and the respective Optionees, in such form and substance as the Board or Committee shall from time to time approve. Option agreements need not be identical, and in each case may include such provisions as the Board or Committee may determine, but all such agreements shall be subject to and limited by the following terms and conditions:

(a)     Number of Shares: Each Option shall state the number of shares of Stock to which it pertains.

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(b)    Exercise Price: Each Option shall state the exercise price, which shall be determined as follows:

(i)     Any Incentive Stock Option granted to a person who at the time the Option is granted owns (or is deemed to own pursuant to Section 424(d) of the Code) stock possessing more than ten percent (10%) of the total combined voting power or value of all classes of stock of the Company (“Ten Percent Holder”) shall have an exercise price of no less than 110% of the Fair Market Value of the Stock as of the date of grant; and